Most cookies are still soft when done (they harden as they cool) and will continue to bake on the cookie sheet once removed from the oven. Remove cookies from the cookie sheet as soon as they are firm enough to transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack or paper towels to finish cooling.
How to Tell When Chocolate Chip Cookies Are Done. Chocolate chip cookies are done when they have a firm golden edge or bottom and appear slightly set on top. If the edges become dark brown, they are overbaked. If edges aren’t golden and tops are soft and shiny, bake a little longer.
Storing Tips to Keep Cookies Soft
No matter what, three days is the maximum amount of time you should keep cookies unless you’re freezing them, which is the best way to store most cookies long term (up to six weeks).
Keeping them on the sheet too long after baking can cause them to get hard or stick to the sheet. Cookies are done when they are firmly set and lightly browned. When you touch them lightly with your finger, almost no imprint will remain.
It’s all about moisture. To keep it simple, cookie recipes that contain a lot of butter, brown sugar or egg yolks are going to yield soft and chewy cookies, because those ingredients add moisture and retain it for a longer amount of time.
Why Do Cookies Get Hard? Like all baked treats, cookies are subject to getting stale. Over time, the moisture in the cookies evaporates, leaving them stiff and crumbly. It’s the same thing that happens to breads, muffins, and other baked goods.
You can also poke the side with your finger – if the edge doesn’t fall inwards they’re done, if it leaves a noticeable indentation then they need more time. What is this? My candy corn chocolate cookies have no more wetness look to them, and the edges are a bit dryer. That’s how you know they’re done.
You’re fine. Undercooked is likely to still reach safe temps. That said, I have eaten raw cookie dough my whole life and never once had an issue.
To ensure a chewy texture, take cookies out of the oven when they are still slightly underdone, which often means they will droop over the end of a spatula. Crevices should appear moist and edges on smooth cookies should be lightly browned.
Secrets to Thick, Soft, & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Underbaked cookies are the secret to softness.
- Using cornstarch in the dough is another secret to softness, as well as the secret to thickness.
- Using more brown sugar than white sugar results in a moister, softer cookie.
- Adding an extra egg yolk increases chewiness.
The heat of the oven will only dry them out more and make them hard as rocks. Microwaving them. If you cover your cookies with a wet paper towel and nuke them for a few seconds, they should soften up enough to eat.
Most of the time, cookies need to cool for around five to ten minutes before they can be moved and consumed.
The undercooked cookie only has the cracks around the perimeter. Wait to pull the cookies out of the oven until you see those fine cracks in the center. If you wait until the cookie changes color, you’ve waited too long.