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How to Reheat Cookies So They Taste Like They’re Fresh Out of the Oven: Easy Pro Trick

This *wet paper towel* trick helps moisten cookies so they reheat in seconds!

Extra cookies from your recent holiday baking project or cookie exchange are surprisingly tastier the second time around. How? Simply warm them up to enjoy as a solo treat or to dip into a cold glass of milk. Reheating cookies so they taste like they’re freshly baked isn’t tricky at all. With the help of a few baker’s tricks, your leftover cookies can become soft and chewy again after a quick stint in the microwave or oven. Plus, we’ve got a clever tip for storing cookies that makes heating them up later a breeze. Here’s how to reheat cookies for times when you and your loved ones can’t devour the entire batch in one sitting!

The best types of cookies to reheat

Before we get into proper reheating methods, let’s first talk about the types of cookies that work well for reheating. Chewy cookies such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and snickerdoodles are excellent choices since they’re moist and soften even more when reheated correctly. In contrast, crisp cookies like biscotti and shortbread have a drier texture, making them less ideal for reheating.

Can you reheat cookies with frosting?

If your cookies have icing or frosting on top, they’re fine to reheat. Just be sure to use low temperatures and keep an eye on them so the topping doesn’t melt off or burn.

#1 step to do before reheating cookies 

You can prevent your cookies from drying into bricks by storing them correctly, thus making it easier to reheat them. One way to retain moisture in cookies is to store them in an airtight container with a piece of white bread. In addition to the container (which blocks out air), the moisture from the bread stops the treats from hardening quickly. While the cookies can last around 2 to 3 weeks stored at room temperature, regularly replace the bread slice once it turns stale. Using these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy those tasty morsels again — whether you’re warming them up in the microwave or oven!

For a quick treat: how to reheat cookies in the microwave

The speedier way to reheat cookies is to pop them in the microwave. “This [method] can revive their chewiness. But be cautious not to overheat, as microwaves can make cookies harden quickly,” says Allyson Brigham, MS, RDN, founder of The Sweetitian. So, you’ll need to add moisture to your cookies to prevent them from turning into hockey pucks. Below, Brigham shares four easy steps for reheating cookies in the microwave in seconds.

  1. Soak a paper towel with water and then squeeze it to remove as much liquid as possible. 
  2. Wrap 1 to 2 cookies with the damp paper towel, or place the paper towel over a plate of cookies.
  3. Microwave your cookies for 10 to 15 seconds. 
  4. Remove the paper towel and enjoy your fresh, steaming cookies.

    Note: If you don’t have any paper towels handy, you can always microwave your cookies with a glass of water. This will create a source of moisture to rehydrate your cookies. 

For an extra chewy treat: how to reheat cookies in the oven

Reheating cookies in the oven is the better option for evenly warming the inside and outside of the treat. “When you reheat in the oven, the cookie can retain the nice and chewy texture with a crispy exterior,” says Tiffany Lewis, chief cookie officer at Cookies with Tiffany. Additionally, this method allows you to heat up multiple cookies at a time. Just be sure to monitor the treats as they’re gently baking to avoid burning. Here’s how to reheat cookies in the oven using three simple steps from Lewis.

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Once the oven is heated, place the tray on the middle rack and allow the cookies to warm up for 4 to 6 minutes, or until warm.
  4. Remove your cookies from the oven and enjoy them right away.

Now that you know the two best ways to reheat cookies, try them out on some of these easy recipes for Christmas cookies with few ingredients!

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