How to Soften Homemade Cookies That Have Sat Out Overnight

By Nicole Hamilton

Cookies fresh from the oven are soft, chewy and delicious. Unfortunately, if they get left out overnight, they're rarely as good. Don't waste stale cookies just because they're a little hard. Here's a simple trick that brings some soft chewiness back into baked goods.

How to Soften Homemade Cookies That Have Sat Out Overnight
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How to Soften Homemade Cookies That Have Sat Out Overnight

Step 1

Place the hard cookies inside a plastic storage container. You can stack them, but leave a little extra space at the top. Use more than one container if necessary.

Step 2

Layer a few slices of soft, fresh bread on top of the cookies. An inexpensive white bread works best.

Step 3

Seal the lid and let the cookies sit for a few hours or overnight. The cookies absorb the moisture of bread, making them softer and easier to chew.

Step 4

Open the container, remove the bread and enjoy the cookies.