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How to Reheat Cookies so They Taste Like They’re Straight From the Oven


You need to know how to reheat cookies if you want your leftover baked goods to taste like they’re still fresh from the oven. After all, there’s nothing like biting into an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie! For your eating pleasure, we’ve rounded up all the best ways to reheat cookies — we just ask that you save us a bite or two!

Before we get into proper reheating methods, let’s first talk about how to store cookies. You can prevent your cookies from drying into bricks by storing them correctly, thus making it easier to reheat them. (In fact, they’ll taste just as delicious cold!) The secret to retaining moisture in cookies is to store them in a container with a piece of bread. That slice of white, wheat, or what have you provides just the right amount of moisture for your cookies to stay soft. 

How to Reheat Cookies in the Microwave

The simplest and quickest way to reheat cookies is to toss them in the microwave. Chances are you’ve already tried this — but did you do it correctly? (Hint: You need to add moisture to your cookies somehow or they’ll turn into chocolate chip hockey pucks.) Here’s how to reheat cookies in the microwave in four easy steps. 

  1. Soak a paper towel with water and then squeeze it to remove as much liquid as possible. 
  2. Wrap your cookies with the damp paper towel, or place the paper towel over a plate of cookies.
  3. Microwave your cookies for 15 to 20 seconds. 
  4. Throw away the paper towel and enjoy your fresh, steaming cookies.

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. 

How to Reheat Cookies in the Oven

Reheating cookies in the oven is an option if you have a few extra minutes. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on your goodies, or you’ll wind up overbaking them. Here’s how to reheat cookies in the oven in three easy steps. 

  1. Set the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bake your cookies for four to six minutes, or until warm.
  3. Remove your cookies from the oven and enjoy. 

How to Add Moisture to Cookies With Honey

If you don’t want to deal with the fuss of paper towels and preheating, you can add moisture to your cookies with a splash of honey or syrup. Here’s how to do it in four easy steps. 

  1. Turn your cookies upside down on a piece of parchment paper. This will make cleanup much easier.
  2. Drizzle syrup or honey over the bottom of the cookies. 
  3. Let the cookies sit for 10 minutes to absorb the liquids. 
  4. Chow down.

This method adds moisture and sweetness to your cookies, so we recommend balancing things out with a big glass of milk. 

The chances of you having leftover cookies was slim, but now that you’re an expert at reheating them, they’ll go even faster the second time around. So, go ahead and bake another batch!

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