Macarons are extremely popular French cookies, with a delicious crispy crust and a soft filling. However, the dough can wilt quite quickly. When storing macarons, it is very important to preserve the consistency of the cone. To do this, store the cookies in a container with a lid. Out of the refrigerator, they must be consumed within 24 hours, but the shelf life can be extended to three days if the cookies are refrigerated. In the freezer, macarons can last up to six months.
Method 1 of 2: Saving Purchased Macarons
Step 1. Place the macarons in a container with a tight lid
The ideal is to use a clean and dry plastic or glass jar. Check the lid carefully to see if they are snug. Any little air is enough to make the cookies soft.
You can also use a ZipLoc-type bag, but remember that macarons crumble easily. Ideally, use a hard container
Step 2. Line or stack the macarons in the pot
Place the cookies side by side, in a single layer. It's okay to keep them close together, but be careful not to crowd them. If you have a lot of macarons to store, tear off a little piece of baking paper and cover the first layer of cookies. Place the remaining macarons in a row on the parchment paper.
- Continue alternating layers of biscuits and baking paper until the macarons run out.
- Do not confuse waxed paper with waxed paper. The waxed paper can end up sticking to the macarons and making a mess.
Step 3. Eat the macarons within 24 hours if you don't refrigerate them
Unless refrigerated, macarons stay fresh for only one day. If you think you're going to eat all of your cookies in less than 24 hours, keep them in the cupboard or on the kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight.
Step 4. Consume refrigerated cookies within three days
Place the container in the middle of the refrigerator, which is the point at which the temperature changes the least. Do not leave macarons on the front of the shelf or on the door. The temperature varies greatly in these areas. Also avoid contacting the pot with heavy objects.
Step 5. Freeze cookies for three to six months
In the freezer, the macarons stay fresh and crunchy for up to three months. After this period, the quality of the cookies starts to drop, but they should remain tasty for up to six months. Place the pot at the very bottom of the freezer to avoid sudden changes in temperature and do not place anything large or heavy near the cookies.
Step 6. Let the macarons thaw for half an hour before serving them
When you're ready to eat the cookies, take them out of the fridge or freezer and leave them on the kitchen counter for about half an hour. Macarons should be served at room temperature.
If you intend to eat only part of the biscuits, take the desired amount and place the container back in the fridge or freezer
Method 2 of 2: Storing Freshly Baked Macarons
Step 1. Take the shells out of the oven and let them cool
The biscuit shell needs to cool down before you add the filling. Otherwise it may break or lose consistency. Once taken out of the oven, the shells are super fragile. Be very careful when handling them.
The cones are the visible parts of the cookies. It is very important that they stay perfect
Step 2. stuff the cones after they have cooled down.
There are several filling options, such as cream cheese, fruit jellies, fondue, ganache etc. Try a new flavor or use your favorite to fill cookies as they cool.
Step 3. If you want, freeze the cones to fill them later
You can store unfilled cookies in the freezer for up to three months. When you want to finish them, just take the cones out of the freezer and wait 30 minutes for them to thaw. Then add the stuffing of your choice and assemble the macarons.
Step 4. Place the stuffed cookies in a container with a lid
Use a glass or plastic pot and close the lid tightly. Arrange cookies in layers separated by wax paper.
Step 5. Leave them at room temperature, refrigerate them or freeze them
Store cookies on the kitchen counter if you plan to eat them in a day. If it's going to take longer than that, refrigerate them for up to three days or freezer for three to six months.