When it comes to cookies, the hard part about eating them is usually that you want to eat too many at a time. This is especially true of when the cookies are fresh from the oven, with soft, chewy centers and crisp edges. Add in some chocolate to those fresh from-the-oven-cookies and they are virtually irresistible. But most of the time, we manage to pace ourselves and end up with uneaten cookie a few days after baking – cookies that are past their prime. Is it possible to refresh them and recapture that fresh cookie taste?
Yes, it is. All you need to do is put your cookies on a baking sheet (with or without parchment) and put them in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 350F. Unless the cookies are already weeks old (in which case you just shouldn’t be eating them), this will give them new life, making them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside once more. Unfortunately, this new-found freshness doesn’t last. Only use this trick for a few cookies at a time and eat them right away. Once they cool back down, they’ll go right back to being on the dry/slightly stale side.
If you’re pressed for time and you want quicker results, you can pop the cookies in the microwave for 10 seconds or so, too. They won’t be quite as good as the oven cookies, but the microwave will still warm and soften them enough to be very satisfying.