Cookies Too Crunchy? Soften Them Up with This Simple Tip

Save your next batch of crunchy cookies! We've got an easy tip to soften hard cookies so you can enjoy chewy, gooey cookies no matter what.

It’s a chewy cookie lover’s worst nightmare: You spend an afternoon baking an amazing batch of cookies, and when you go to snack on one the next morning, you find they’ve gone crunchy and hard. This is enough to enrage any baker or cookie devotee, but it’s no reason to toss your cookies (literally).

Instead, you have everything you need to soften hard cookies right in your pantry, or should I say your breadbox?

How to Soften Hard Cookies

You see, the only thing that you need to soften up a batch of day-old cookies is a slice of bread. This is a trick I learned from my mom after she saw me turn up my nose one too many times at a slightly crispy chocolate chipper (self-proclaimed gooey, chewy cookie fiend here!).

To remedy the problem, she’d take the heel off the loaf of bread and pop it into the container or cookie jar. In a few hours, I’d return for a snack and the cookies would be magically chewy again! My mom was (and still is) a kitchen genius.

How Does It Work?

This tip to soften hard cookies seems too good to be true, but trust me when I say it’s saved many a batch of cookies over the years.

How it works is relatively simple. Simply, the cookies start to absorb the moisture from the slice of bread. You’ll notice this after a day or so (if your cookies last that long) when you open the cookie jar and find, essentially, a crouton. The cookies will sap up all that extra moisture.

With that in mind, it is crucial that you use relatively fresh bread when you perform this little cookie-saving maneuver. After all, if you’re sticking a stale piece of baguette inside, the cookies won’t have much moisture to soak up. Also, be sure not to use any strongly flavored bread. You don’t want your grandma’s favorite cookie recipe being ruined by popping in a slice of caraway rye or a wedge of seasoned focaccia.

A slice of regular white or wheat sandwich bread works best.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.