If the dough seems too soft, chill it for 10 to 15 minutes before portioning. Putting raw dough on cookie sheets still warm from the oven can cause them to begin spreading, leading to burnt edges. Always allow baking sheets to cool completely before adding more batches.
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.
One common trick to hardening soft cookies is to simply stick them back in the oven for a little bit longer. … You will also want to make sure that you are using an aluminum tray to bake your cookies on. The insulated baking sheet usually creates softer cookies that may not be baked evenly, and this is not what you want.
You can even rebake cookies long after they’re cool to restore crispness or freshness. … Turns out the cookies weren’t quite done when you took them from the oven and they’re soft and mushy. Pop them back in the oven for an extra minute or two until they’re golden brown.
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.
Keep Them Sealed
The key to keeping cookies fresh and soft is to seal them in an airtight container, like a resealable freezer bag. And here’s a nifty little trick: add a piece of bread to the bag. You might think that the bread trick works because the cookies absorb moisture from the bread.
How long does it take to bake cookies at 350? Place one baking sheet at a time onto center rack of preheated 350 degree F oven. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, still have pale tops, and are soft in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes. ( Do not overbake!
Check package to make sure what you used contained at least 70% fat. A spread with less fat, diet “margarines” or spreads in tubs contain have too much water. The water creates steam, causing the cookies to puff.