How to Keep Cookies Crunchy?

What's the best way to keep your cookies crunchy?  Mine get soft once the icing is added and I leave them out to dry for 6 hours.

I have tried drying them in a small room with a dehumidifier, and that worked somewhat, but they still soften once they are topcoated.

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Does this happen every time?  Humidity can be a big culprit when it comes to making cookies soften. What's it like outside, rain, snow, so humid you can't breathe?  That happens here every now and then. Once, I was making dinner and icing cookies at the same time, not a good idea especially when you're boiling water for pasta!  Like, how dumb is that?!

Were you using RI or Glace icing?  Sometimes it can be beneficial to ice the cookies the day after they're baked.  Hope someone else pops in with a more definitive answer. 

Nancy D posted:

No, it doesn't happen all the time.  I notice it more in the summer.  I'm using royal icing made with meringue powder, no corn syrup.  

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to battle humidity?  Fan, dehumidifier, recipe change?

 

Yes, dry near a fan or in/near a dehydrator. Please check past forum posts (using our advanced search function) for more info about drying cookies with fans/dehydrators, because we have a lot already posted on this topic, which should be helpful.

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