Cookies are a mouthwatering treat whether you are eating them with your coffee, a cup of milk or alone. However, if you prepare too much of them, you may fall into the trap known as “I can’t eat all that cookies at once.”
If you leave them to sit for a couple of days, they can lose their softness and moisture.
Also, it can happen that a recipe goes bad and you end up with a rocklike treat that needs a softening intervention. None of these is the reason to throw those potentially delicious cookies. Stick around to find out how you can restore your cookies to their previous glory.
Start By Making Awesome Cookies
Whether we are talking about peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies or some other variety, there is no better way to have soft and tasty cookies than to follow a good cookie dough recipe.
The best cookies have crisp edges and chewy middles. They usually include sugar (white and brown), butter (the essential ingredient for successful cookies), eggs, baking soda and all-purpose flour.
Store The Cookies Properly To Keep Them Fresh
The storing method is your safest way to keep the cookies fresh so that they can deliver the desired flavor for a long time. Of course, the storing solution will depend on the type of cookies you are baking, but some of the basic methods are freezing (not while they are still hot), freezing the cookie dough (you can freeze the very dough if you notice you’ve prepared too much of it before you start molding and baking), and storing in an airtight container on cool temperature in a dark room.
Before serving the cookies, you can pop them in the oven for up to three minutes to freshen them up.
How Long Do Freshly Baked Cookies Last?
The precise answer to the question of the “life expectancy” of freshly baked cookies depends on many factors, including the ingredients that were used (eggs and filling shorten the life expectancy of the cookies).
Usually, freshly baked cookies without filling can last up to three weeks when stored properly in the pantry. If there is filling involved, the cookies should be stored in the fridge for five to seven days. If they are stored in the freezer, some cookies can last up to eight months.
Storing Tips, You Should Know About
Here are some tips that can help you extend the freshness and edibility of your cookies:
● Soft cookies should be stored in a tightly sealed airtight container.
● Crisp cookies need to be kept in a loosely covered container.
● If you keep them at room temperature, freshly baked cookies can last for about three weeks.
● Any cookies that contain filling or frosting made with dairy products or eggs (e.g., whipped cream, buttercream, and custard frosting) should be placed in the refrigerator immediately. There, they can last for up to seven days.
● When refrigerating these cookies cover them with plastic wrap or foil.
● If you are putting cookies in the freezer make sure they are tightly wrapped in foil or plastic freezer wrap.
From Dull And Firm To Melt-In-Your-Mouth In Four Steps
In this text, you will learn about several softening methods that can help you make your cookies edible again. For the beginning, this is one simple method that can be done in a few minutes but requires more time to work. To succeed, you will need an airtight container or a jar and one slice of fresh white bread. Here is a step-by-step guide:
1. Get a cookie container with a lid and open it.
2. Put the slice of bread on the bottom of the container.
3. Put the cookies on top of the bread.
4. Seal and keep closed for about 24 hours.
Give Them Back Their Moisture
This is a similar way to make the cookies soft again, but it puts more accent on returning them the moisture they’ve lost by being stored too long or improperly. All you need to do is to slice a fresh apple and put a couple of slices into the jar or container where you keep your cookies. Of course, the jar should be properly sealed after.
Steam Things Up
A microwave is a standard appliance that has its home in almost every home. You should make the most of it by making your cookies fluffy again. Here’s how:
1. Put the cookies on a microwave-safe plate.
2. Fill a mug with water.
3. Put both of these into the microwave at the same time.
4. Turn on the machine on the lowest setting for up to one minute.
5. Remove the cookies from the microwave and check their softness. Repeat the process if they are not soft enough.
Soften Them Immediately After Baking
If your cookies turned out to be harder than you expected, you could make them softer immediately after baking by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap while they are still warm. This way, cookies will be naturally steamed. The longer you keep them like that, the softer the cookies will be.
How Can You Tell If Cookies Have Gone Bad?
Sometimes the cookies just can’t be saved. This especially goes if the dough contains oil-based ingredients, eggs, dairy products, nuts or cream. The first indicator that something is wrong with the cookies is if they grow hard and stale, but that still doesn’t mean they are spoiled.
The second and more foolproof indicator is a stale smell. Finally, if you notice some mold, you know that your cookies belong in the trash.
If you notice the cookies you’ve prepared are too hard for your liking, don’t discard them just yet. First, try out one of these methods and check for the signs of the cookies going bad. After you try them out, let us know which one worked the best for you.
Also, if you know an alternative method of restoring the cookies with their deserved glory, let us know, we would like to know all about it.