Peanut Butter and Chocolate together, are like the combination of moon and stars. A perfect blend of flavor and taste. Christmas cookies are considered incomplete in any cookie loving household if peanut butter blossom cookies are not present.
These cookies can last a few days in an airtight container but would eventually go stale if kept for prolonged periods. So how do you preserve this wonderful blend of taste and flavor to be eaten later?
Can you freeze peanut butter blossom cookies? Yes, you can. You can freeze peanut butter blossom cookies and preserve them for a period of 4 to 6 months.
Peanut butter blossom cookies can be frozen in two ways, with no damage to texture or taste.
Peanut butter blossom cookies can be the perfect delicacies for your kids. They can have the pleasure of having any piece of candy to go with their cookies. Being able to freeze this cookie guarantees that you don’t need the excuse of a special holiday, event, or occasion to make them. You can have them on a whim, anytime you wish.
How to Freeze Peanut Butter Blossom Cakes
Peanut butter blossom cookies freeze very beautifully. This characteristic makes them a cookie you can make ahead of time or for later. Peanut butter blossom cookies can be frozen in two different ways.
- Freezing the Unbaked Dough
- Freezing Baked Cookies
Freezing the Unbaked Dough
Peanut butter blossom cookies can be frozen before baking. In a few easy steps, here’s how to go about that.
Step 1: Following the Recipe
You can look up various recipes for making peanut butter blossom cookies online. You can read cookbooks or ask neighbors for their recipes. It doesn’t matter which one, you can try out various recipes.
I know it always starts with creaming the butter, sugar, and peanut butter. Anyways, follow the recipe up until the point where you have to cut the dough into smaller pieces and roll them into balls. There you are, it’s time for the next step.
Step 2: Storage
This method of freezing is easy and takes less time investment, as you don’t have to wait for the cookies to bake. After rolling the pieces of dough into balls, roll them in sugar. Then begin to store them in Ziploc bags or airtight freezer bags.
Step 3: Freezing
The frozen dough would last for about 6 months in the freezer. For proper food organization, label the bags, stating their contents and the date of the freeze.
This ensures that you don’t use the dough for something else unintentionally or forget how long you have stored it.
Freezing Baked Cookies
Baked peanut butter blossom cookies would last for about 5 days in an airtight container. They usually have this soft but crispy texture that makes them yummy. Don’t forget the piece of candy that is precariously placed in the middle. Here’s how you go about freezing already baked peanut butter blossom cookies.
Step 1: Following the Recipe to the End
No stops, just go all the way. After making your dough, follow the directions for baking in the oven. Observe the time limits so it doesn’t get burnt. By now, your senses should be assuaged with the delicious and almost sensual aroma of the cookies.
But, before we do anything, we need to let the cookies cool down to room temperature. Freezing the cookies while they are still hot is a recipe for disaster. Hot cookies will condense in the storage bags, which in turn becomes moisture that can make the cookie soggy or cause mold in the long run. This would ruin your cookies as they freeze. Hence the need for cooling immediately after baking.
Step 2: Storage
This is a very delicate and important step. Place the cooled cookies into Ziploc bags or airtight freezer bags. Place them in a single layer. If you are short on bags or space and you intend to stack, place a piece of parchment paper between each layer.
Step 3: Freezing
Don’t forget to label the bags. For best quality, eat them within the space of 4 months.
How to Defrost Frozen Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Defrosting already baked cookies is very easy, you can leave them on the counter to defrost, or place them in the microwave at full power for 30 seconds. It may take several hours for the cookies to defrost on their own so, if you are pressed for time, you can use the microwave.
On the other hand, for frozen dough, just take the pack of frozen dough out of the freezer to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Once it thaws, you can go on to bake it like you would bake normal dough.
Why are my Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Flat after Baking?
When cookies go flat, you can blame the butter for being too soft or melted. This makes the cookies spread. Also, too little flour can make your cookies go flat. That’s why it is important to master measuring the ingredients as stated in the recipes. Baking on a hot cookie sheet can also make your cookies go flat.
Why are my Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Hard?
If you have kept your cookies for a while, they are hard, instead of soft and crispy. It means that they have gone stale. Over time, the moisture in the cookies will evaporate making them stiff and too crumbly or grainy resulting in stale cookies.