Soft cookies are stale cookies

Keeping Cookies Fresh Longer: The Best Methods & Tips

Store soft biscuits in an airtight container

Soft biscuits should be stored in an airtight container, either in a frozen or decorated biscuit layer or with layers separated by a sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Keep biscuits separate for recipes, otherwise the biscuits will take on each other's taste. In some cases this does not play a major role (e.g. if you keep normal shortbread biscuits and browned shortbread biscuits in the same container). However, if you save peppermint biscuits with nut biscuits, the result can be ... unusual.

To extend the life of your soft gingerbread or printen biscuits, add half a slice of white bread to the biscuit container. The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread, but the neutral bread doesn't convey much of a smell or taste, it's better than a piece of apple.

Let crispy cookies breathe

If your cookies are crispy, such as For example, shortbread or waffle biscuits, you don't necessarily want to use the tricks above to keep biscuits soft. To keep them crisp, store them in a container that "breathes" easily.

The classic tin cookie jar is a great example: It is sealed but not airtight. This means that the cookies are protected from dust and the elements, but are not sealed in an airtight container that keeps them soft.

If you don't have a cookie jar, an airtight jar with the lid not fully closed is fine. Or try tucking the biscuits in a bag with small holes in it.