A Comprehensive Guide to Storing Cookies with Royal Icing

Royal icing is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used to decorate cookies, cakes, and other desserts. If you’ve ever tried decorating sugar cookies with royal icing, then you know how amazing it can look. However, if you’re planning to store these decorated cookies for later use or gift-giving purposes, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips on how to properly store cookies with royal icing so they don’t lose their texture or flavor.

Choose the Right Cookie Recipe

The first step in storing decorated sugar cookies is choosing the right cookie recipe. It’s important to make sure that your cookie recipe is sturdy enough to hold up against the moisture from the royal icing.

Some great options include gingerbread and shortbread recipes since they tend to be denser and less likely to crumble under pressure. You should avoid using soft-baked or chewy cookie recipes as those types of cookies may become soggy when stored with frosting.

Tip: Use a Dehumidifier

If you live in an area with high humidity levels, it might be helpful to invest in a dehumidifier for your kitchen during the winter months when indoor heating systems are running constantly. This will help decrease moisture levels around your baked goods while they cool down before being decorated.

Cool Your Cookies Completely Before Decorating

Before adding any decorations onto your sugar cookies, make sure they have cooled completely. The heat from freshly baked cookies can cause some types of frostings (like royal icing)  to melt and slide off rather than adhering properly

For best results let your baked goods cool at room temperature until no longer warm before applying any frosting or decoration.

Cooling Speed-Up Tip:

If you’re in a hurry, you can speed up the cooling process by placing the cookies on wire racks and popping them in your fridge for 10-20 minutes.

Store Your Cookies Properly

After decorating your cookies with royal icing, it’s important to store them correctly to avoid any unnecessary damage. Store your decorated sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

To prevent sticking and smudging between layers of cookies, separate each layer using parchment paper or wax paper. A great option that won’t take up too much space is a plastic storage container like Tupperware.

Avoid stacking heavy objects on top of the container as this could cause the decorated cookie tops to get crushed.

A note about refrigeration:

While some people may recommend storing frosted baked goods in the refrigerator, we don’t recommended because condensation can form causing ugly water spots or even frosting running off once they are removed from cold storage back into room temperature.


Decorating sugar cookies with royal icing is a fun and creative activity but proper storage techniques will prolong their beauty and flavor long after they’ve been made. By choosing sturdy cookie recipes, making sure everything has cooled down completely before decorationg and storing them properly- you’ll ensure that everyone will enjoy every last bite!

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