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Can I refrigerate rainbow cookies?

Asked by LeavesNoTrace (2534 points ) April 2nd, 2014

I’m going to visit my 95 year old grandmother and wanted to bring her a nice treat from a great Italian bakery near my work. I won’t have time to do so before Friday so I grabbed her a pound of rainbow cookies after work tonight. What’s the best way to keep them fresh until Friday/Saturday?

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Smitha's avatar

You can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. In general, cookies do not need to be refrigerated, but if you plan on keeping them for longer than a week, consider freezing them.

ibstubro's avatar

Unless the cookies are very crispy, I would probably just refrigerate them in, as @Smitha says, an airtight container.

If they’re very crispy an airtight container should be enough, or store them in your (unheated) oven.

She’s 95. The gesture is going to be more important to her than the cookies. :)

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

Thanks, just FYI, Italian rainbow cookies are kind of cake-like. See link below. Is it still okay to chill them for a couple of days? I’m really not a confectionary expert.

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0Al_AU0g6GXA30L30LPj08NbaL_qkASwm3lRbyK4X-vFsLIsp4Q

Coloma's avatar

No. You must send them to me immediately and buy more for your grandma. lol
Okay…seriously…I wouldn’t put them in the fridge, that will make them dry and tough. Keep them in a container at room temp. for best results.

JLeslie's avatar

Friday is just two days, so you can put them in the fridge or even just keep them on the counter and they will fine. They can be put in the freezer, which I recommend your grandmother do with half of them if she won’t be eating it all right away.

Most Italian bakeries put cookies and cakes in a paper/cardboard box. I would rap the box in Saran or transfer the cookies to plastic.

Rainbow cookies are one of my favorite cookies! I went for seven years living in a place that has never heard of them. Had never heard or seen any of those yummy cookies in Italian and Jewish bakeries. I considered baking rainbow cookies myself, but was too lazy. All those layers, and I would have had to buy the right baking pans. Dissappointing.

longgone's avatar

Could you call the bakery? They will know best…

flip86's avatar

Why are those called cookies? They are just layered cake cut into squares. The best way to store cake is on the counter at room temp. The fridge will dry them out.

janbb's avatar

Keep them on the counter.

JLeslie's avatar

@flip86 My guess is it has to do with how Italians translated it. The little cakes are often sold in the “cookie” section at the bakeries. Sold by the pound along with all the other cookies. Kind of like eggs being in the Dairy section at the suparmarket. Eggs are not really dairy.

I am pretty sure biscotti or biscotto means cookie in Italian, and in America we use biscotti to mean a particular type of cookie, so it is just how the words evolved. Again a guess, hopefully someone who knows for sure will pipe in.

Some trivia: The little cakes are traditionally red, white and green layers to represent the Italian flag. They are very popular in NY Italian bakeries and the Jewish bakeries and delis sometimes sell them also. At Publix, a grocery store in Florida and other parts of the southeast, they sell the cakes around holiday times. I used to be able to buy them there all year. They sell them mini small, which is the typical cookie, like a petit fours, and also a larger version with thicker layers that they call a cake. The little ones are much tastier being soaked in almond flavor through and through, and the sweet rasberry inbetween the layers, topped with chocolate. Yum.

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