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How Long Do Cookies Last?

How Long Do Cookies Last?

Cookie Storage & Expiration

How long do cookies last? Most cookies are made of sugar, butter, flour and an unlimited number of other ingredients. The shelf life of cookies depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the cookies were stored. Because of their relatively low cost and high calorie density, cookies are a popular and very portable dessert. So, how long do cookies last? When properly stored, the shelf life of most cookies past their best by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Pantry Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Bakery Cookies last for 2-3 Days 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Soft) last for 1-2 Months 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Hard) last for 1-2 Months 4-5 Months
(Opened) Pantry Freezer
Packaged Cookies (Soft) last for 7-10 Days 4-5 Months
Packaged Cookies (Hard) last for 2-3 Weeks 4-5 Months
Homemade Cookies (Soft) last for 2-3 Days 4-5 Months
Homemade Cookies (Hard) last for 2-3 Weeks 4-5 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cookies, like a lot of other baked goods, usually have a sell by date or a best before date and not a use by date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use them to satisfy your sweet tooth even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if cookies are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your cookies have gone bad. Some common traits of stale cookies are a hard and dry texture (if they started soft), or a soft texture (if they started hard). There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cookies, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cookies prior to the eat by date suggested above.

How to store cookies to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help keep cookie dough fresh by storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge. Once prepared, cookies should be stored in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep out air and other contaminants. For a long-term option, you can freeze your cookies while preserving their taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to send cookies to someone you can’t bake for?

Here at Eat By Date we believe in using your own fresh ingredients to make homemade cookies whenever possible, because nothing beats warm from the oven. But sometimes, you’d like to cheer someone up who lives across the country. There are lots of options for sending gifts of food, but we like ones that offer a bit of customization so that your recipient knows you care. Cookies by Design is a place where you can create a special bouquet that will delight the eyes and sweet tooth of any recipient.

How long are cookies good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do cookies last? That depends. How long does milk last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Grains, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the below search!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long do cookies last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of cookies.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the cookie shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. Please eat responsibly!