Heat and Royal Icing

Hi, all! I hope this hasn't already been asked . . . I did an advanced search and couldn't quite find the topic I was looking for, but please feel free to direct me if there's already a thread addressing my question. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with leaving cookies decorated with royal icing in a hot car for part of the day? I have an order that I'll be sending with my mother in law, but before they get to their final destination, they may have to sit in her car for a few hours, and it's been in the upper 90's to 100 degrees here lately. They'll be individually packaged and heat sealed, but I'm worried about the heat affecting the texture of the icing. Is my worry justified? I could send them in a thermal bag with a cold pack if so, but didn't know if that was necessary. Thanks in advance for the help! I've always been able to deliver directly, so this is the first time I've had to worry about them staying out in the heat for too long.

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To try that i put some baked and decorated cookies in my neighbors hot car for 24 hours.  It was in the 90’s and most of the day in the sun.  The cookies were in a box. The cookies not bagged got very hard.  The other half was individually bagged and when I took them out of the box there was a lot of steam in the bag.  If I took them out right away they were too soft and prone to falling apart.  If I let them sit until they cooled and they were okay.  Hope that helps.

I have this problem at the farmer's market stall. I had exactly the same issues; steam in the bag, cookies rock hard and dried out. I personally find that after heat exposure they just don't taste the same. But I never bake plain sugar cookies, I have a lot of different flavor mixes and extra ingredients, etc. So that might affect it. This is a high-humidity area, too. I got a cooler that cools down 20 degrees from the ambient temperature. It can plug into the car outlet. I imagine any protection from the heat would help - no reason a cold pack can't do the trick, especially for a short time. Good luck.

 

Thanks for the responses and sharing your experiences! That sounds like quite the experience Econlady I was thinking maybe I should do some testing of my own, but didn't have time for this order! Good to know someone already did it! And Terry, yes you're right...no harm in adding a cold pack just to be safe...think I'll just go that route and not even have to worry about how they're doing in the car once they leave my hands

Don't do it without cooling of some kind! The cookies will steam and get very soft, and the icing can bleed. I had cookies recently shipped to me, just heat-sealed and boxed. They sat on my porch (between 90F and 100F) no more than an hour or two, and they were a mess - the icing had bled in areas and they nearly disintegrated when I picked them up. They were fine when cooled down (texture-wise), but nothing can fix the icing once it's messed up.

Julia M. Usher posted:

Don't do it without cooling of some kind! The cookies will steam and get very soft, and the icing can bleed. I had cookies recently shipped to me, just heat-sealed and boxed. They sat on my porch (between 90F and 100F) no more than an hour or two, and they were a mess - the icing had bled in areas and they nearly disintegrated when I picked them up. They were fine when cooled down (texture-wise), but nothing can fix the icing once it's messed up.

Oh yikes, what a mess! I ended up sending mine in a bag with a cold pack and they arrived safely even after being in the car for several hours before getting to their destination Glad I asked and didn't attempt to send without anything. 

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