Need cookie storing advice please

I'm baking tonight and decorating tomorrow several dozen cookies for a school event that is next Sunday (so one week from when the cookies should be finished and dry).  I have to pack them individually for sale and have treat bags and twisty ties for that but I'm trying to decide how to keep them best for the coming week until the event.

Should I...

1. Put them all in airtight containers with parchment or wax paper between layers and then package them individually the day before I need them?  Store at room temp or in the fridge?

2. Put them each in their individual treat bags now and then put those in an airtight container?

3. Put them all in their treat bags and just leave them out?

 

I'm likely over-thinking this, but I'm new to this and never had to store cookies for any length of time.  My problem is usually convincing my family not to eat them before the icing has even dried

 

Thanks for any advice!

Liv

Original Post

I always bake my cookies and when they are cold I keep them in  airtight containers (old metal cookies cans or chocolates metal cans), on baking paper.  I decorated them and when they are total dry I packed them in their bags or boxes. No need of the fridge. 

I do like Milly does. 
 
Originally Posted by Mily:

I always bake my cookies and when they are cold I keep them in  airtight cointainers (old metal cookies cans or chocolates metal cans), on baking paper.  I decorated them and when they are total dry I packed them in their bags or boxes. No need of the fridge. 

 

I use Option 1:  keep them in plastic containers with waxed paper in between until a day or two before I need them, then bag them.  I'm sure it would work just as well to bag them and then put them in your containers, but they would take up a lot more space that way I think.

I find the longer my cookies are not in an individual bag, the less fresh they taste down the line.  I let everything dry completely, bag them, and then I put all of the bags in large inexpensive cake carriers (I have 4 of them just for this) so they don't get knocked around or slide off the table (the bags can get slippery).  If I bake the cookies and don't decorate immediately, I store them in the cake carriers with wax paper between layers of cookies. I never put anything iced into the refrigerator, no matter how they are packaged/stored. 

The freshest tasting cookies are those individually bagged as soon as dry.  I think the icing gets harder too when they are unbagged.  All IMHO!

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