I don’t have to explain a lot about the word “cookie”. Hearing that word automatically creates sweet and crunchy thoughts that few of us can resist.
But if you want to hear about something even better than just ordinary cookies, you have to hear the word “Crumbl cookies”.
A franchise chain of bakeries known as Crumbl makes freshly baked products with the best ingredients. Their cookies are well-known and loved all over the country.
But since they are freshly baked and enjoyed like that, no one wants that freshness to go away that easily. So, the question of Crumbl cookies’ storage arises.
It is a rather easy process, but nonetheless, you have to know some information before you do anything with your sweet treats.
What Is The Best Way To Store Crumbl Cookies?
All Crumbl cookies are freshly baked and that is one trait that all of them have. So, you can use them for many things, including Spuntini for example, if you are in love with Italian culture. However, Crumble doesn’t make just one variety of cookies.
There are endless combinations of ingredients used in these cookies and some of them require one storage method, while some require a different one.
In general, you can store these cookies at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer.
From my experience, room temperature is the best, but that also depends on the type and how long you want to store them.
So, for example, if you have un-garnished cookies, your best bet is to store them at room temperature. However, the problem lies in the fact that you won’t be able to keep them outside for too long.
Here, the fridge comes into play. A fridge is especially good for cookies with frosting because it can easily deteriorate at room temperature, but it can also be beneficial for un-garnished cookies if you want to extend their shelf life.
Being in the fridge, however, can also be problematic. Some cookies (especially those made from oil, like sugar cookies) will quickly become hard in the fridge.
Some other cookies, like oatmeal and chewy chocolate chip cookies, can become stale and crumbly. So, you will save the frosting, but sacrifice the texture of the cookie to some extent.
Finally, if you are not planning to consume your Crumbl cookies very soon, you can store them in the freezer. However, no matter what type of cookie, its flavor and texture won’t be the same again.
AT ROOM TEMPERATURE: Un-garnished cookies (but they won’t stay good for too long).
IN THE FRIDGE: Cookies with frosting (but they can quickly become hard).
IN THE FREEZER: All types of cookies for longer periods of time (but their flavor and texture will deteriorate after a certain time).
Complete Guideline To Storing Crumbl Cookies
As you can see, there are certain drawbacks when it comes to most storage methods. Fortunately, if you follow this exact storage guideline, you can minimize these negative effects.
1. At Room Temperature
The first thing you have to know when storing Crumbl cookies at room temperature is not to just put them on the countertop however you want.
Instead, you should put them in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
It is best to store ungarnished cookies at room temperature and you can put them in the container however you like. But if you are storing frosted cookies, you’ll have to carefully put them in a single layer so that you don’t spoil the topping.
Finally, always store the container in a cool, dry place, and away from any direct sunlight or heat sources (like microwave, oven, or fridge). Also, avoid humid or wet areas.
2. In The Fridge
I already mentioned that frosted cookies are at their best in the fridge. This is especially true if you are not planning to use them for a few days and if you live in a warmer climate, i.e., if it is really warm outside.
As it was with room temperature storage, it is essential to put them in an airtight container and seal the container properly.
However, you should avoid storing them in a ziplock bag because there is usually little space in the fridge and they can easily get smashed.
If you don’t consume any of these cookies for a few days, you can also wrap them in plastic wrap or saran wrap to make them extra airtight.
Finally, when the container is ready, put it on the top rack of the fridge (at the back, because it is the coldest in that part).
3. In The Freezer
If you don’t plan to consume your Crumbl cookies within the next month or so, it is best to freeze them.
However, you have to know that this is a time-consuming process, and your cookies will deteriorate in flavor and texture. Namely, you are not freezing cooked chicken, so you can expect that it will be perfect afterward.
If you are okay with that, follow these steps to minimize the negative effects:
1. Pre-Freeze the Cookies: Especially if you are dealing with frosted or garnished cookies, they need to be pre-frozen.
To do that properly, wrap each cookie with plastic wrap, place them in a single layer on a lined baking sheet, and let them freeze for about 1-2 hours.
2. Transfer Them Into the Container: After those 1-2 hours, put the cookies in a large container. You don’t have to put them in a single layer because the frozen frosting won’t get smashed under the weight of other cookies.
4. Wrap the Container: To add extra protection from freezer burn on your cookies, you must wrap the container with a layer of aluminum foil.
5. Label and Freeze: Label the container with the exact date of storage and put it in a safe area in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Crumbl Cookies?
If you choose the freezing method, you will need to thaw them before enjoying them. In order to do that the right way, follow these steps:
1. Remove from the Freezer: Take the desired number of individually wrapped Crumbl cookies from the freezer. Make sure to keep them in their wrappings while thawing to prevent any moisture from getting absorbed into the cookies.
2. Room Temperature Thawing: The best way to thaw Crumbl cookies is to let them sit at room temperature. Place the wrapped cookies on a plate or a clean surface, and leave them to thaw for about 10-15 minutes.
• Alternative: You can also thaw your cookies in the fridge, but that will have to be overnight. This thawing method is better for frosted cookies because you will reduce the risk of frosting separation.
3. Unwrap and Enjoy: After the cookies have thawed, carefully unwrap them from the plastic wrap or parchment paper. You can now enjoy your delicious Crumbl cookies!
Tips To Keep Crumbl Cookies Fresh
Although the most important things about storing Crumbl cookies have been discussed, there are a few more tips and tricks worth knowing in order to keep the freshness of your Crumbl cookies.
• When storing Crumbl cookies, it is also best to wrap each cookie individually in wax paper to preserve their shelf life.
• It is proven that adding a few slices of bread to the storage container helps to absorb the moisture and keep the cookies soft.
• When storing them in the fridge, keep them away from raw or cooked meat, aromatic veggies or fruits, or open condiments, as they will absorb those odors easily.
• Avoid storing Crumbl cookies in their original container or Crumbl box because it is not designed to keep them fresh properly.
• It is best to use a glass container with a tight lid to store your cookies because you will be able to inspect them easily and the air won’t penetrate.
How Long Exactly Do Crumbl Cookies Last?
The exact shelf life of Crumbl cookies mainly depends on the type and storage method.
So, if you store ungarnished Crumbl cookies at room temperature, they will be good for up to 5 days. However, my recommendation is to consume them within 3 days for the best quality.
It is a different story is with frosted cookies, as there is a big chance that the frosting will separate more easily at room temperature, especially if the temperature is above 70°F. So you shouldn’t let them outside for more than 1-2 days.
This also counts for cookies with filling, including jam, cream cheese, peanut butter, or flavorful cookie butter.
When it comes to refrigeration, Crumbl cookies will stay good for up to 7 days if stored properly. Again, some cookies like those made from oil or oatmeal and chewy chocolate chip cookies, should be consumed as quickly as possible.
I would recommend eating them within 3 days because they can easily become hard, dry, or crumbly inside the fridge.
Finally, no matter what type of cookies you are dealing with, they will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months. However, if you want to preserve the quality as much as you can, you should consume them within one month.
How To Revive Crumbl Cookies?
Finally, if you have some stale Crumbl cookies, there is a way to revive them. This is especially true if you are dealing with plain ungarnished cookies.
When it comes to frosted cookies, the process is possible but much harder. Namely, you would have to disassemble them, reheat them, and re-assemble them.
As you can already guess, this would be a really long and messy process, but if you have time and patience, there is nothing stopping you.
So, no matter the type, you’ll have to re-bake your Crumble cookies. In order to do this properly, place them on a lined baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 360ºF and bake them for about 15 minutes.
After this process, your cookies will regain their flavor and they will be crispy again. Of course, before you start enjoying them, make sure to let them cool to room temperature first.
Which Types Of Crumbl Cookies Should Be Chilled?
Crumbl recommends refrigerating and chilling certain types of cookies. Namely, they make “chilled” and “warm” cookies.
Chilled cookies should be refrigerated immediately, but warm cookies can be stored both at room temperature or in the fridge.
However, there are certain types of Crumbl cookies that should be chilled before enjoying them.
This is the case with those cookies that contain cookie dough, ganache, caramel, or cream cheese fillings because it will keep them extra soft and delicious.
You don’t have to do this necessarily, but letting them chill for at least 15 minutes in the fridge will help the fillings and icing stay moist and soft.