Stale cookies are a disappointment to everyone. No one enjoys the idea of biting into a cookie, only to find out it's hard and stale. Luckily, there are a few easy tricks to refreshing your stale cookies so that they are nearly as delicious as the moment you pulled them out of the oven. One technique not only refreshes the cookies but also keeps them fresh for whenever you want to enjoy them. The other two methods are perfect for when you need a quick fix for a stale cookie.
Put a slice of bread in the cookie jar with the cookies. The cookies will absorb the moisture in the bread, keeping the cookies fresh while the bread slice is the only thing that gets hard and stale.
Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and cook for 4 minutes at 350 F. Just make sure you’ll be eating the cookies while they are hot. Once the cookies cool completely, the stale taste tends to return.
Put a few cookies into the microwave for about 10 seconds. This method works perfectly if you just need to refresh a few cookies. Like the oven method, the cookies will taste stale once they cool. If the cookies still taste a little stale, pop them back in the microwave for five to 10 more seconds.
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- “Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine)”; Martha Stewart Living Magazine; 2008
- “The Ultimate Cookie Book (Better Homes & Gardens Ultimate)”; Better Homes & Gardens; 2007
Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.