Storage & Freezing Bar Cookies

Cool bar cookies completely before storing. Bar cookies may be stored in their baking pan tightly covered with aluminum foil if they will be eaten in a few days. Bar cookies removed from the pan should be stored in an airtight container. Separate bar cookies with waxed paper between layers.

  • Bake It Ahead

    Many bar cookies freeze well. Use the tips and the Freezing Storage Chart below to guide you.

    • Cool bar cookies completely before wrapping and freezing.
    • To protect flavor and prevent the cookies from drying out, wrap tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap, or pack in freezer bags or plastic freezer containers with tight-fitting lids. Separate bars with waxed paper between the layers. Remove as much air as possible and seal tightly.
    • Label all packages with the name of the recipe and the date.
    • Bar cookie, like all baked products, should be stored at 0°F or lower.
    • Freeze each type of bar cookie in a separate container. Use waxed paper to separate layers of cookies. Use within the recommended storage time for the best flavor and texture.
  • Freezer Storage Times
    Item Time
    Muffins and other quick breads Up to 3 months
    Yeast breads 6 months
    Cookies 6 months
    Cookie dough 4 months
    Cakes (unfrosted) 4 to 6 months
    Cakes (frosted) 2 to 3 months
    Fruit pies (baked and unbaked) 3 to 4 months
    Pumpkin pies (baked) 4 to 6 months
    Ice cream pies 1 month
    Unbaked pastry 2 months