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Food Storage - How long can you keep...

COOKIES, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED - UNOPENED

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6-9 months (best quality)
Freezer
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12 months

Tips

  • How long does a package of unopened cookies last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions -to maximize the shelf life of unopened cookies, store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long do unopened cookies last at room temperature? Properly stored, a package of unopened cookies will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 9 months.
  • Are unopened cookies safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged cookies will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the unopened cookies will remain at peak quality.
  • Pantry storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the unopened cookies' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • Can you freeze unopened cookies? Yes, to freeze: place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do unopened cookies last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 1 year, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only —cookies that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if cookies are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the unopened cookies: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the cookies.

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