For a quick fix, try reducing the oven temperature by 25°F. If you don’t see better results, next time substitute some lighter ingredients, like bleached flour or granulated sugar, or reduce the amount of liquid sugars (molasses, honey, corn syrup) in the recipe. Cookies are pale on top and burnt on bottom.
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.
The Mistake: If your tray of cookies bakes up unevenly—with some cookies tough and overdone and others too soft and raw—it’s probably because the cookie dough balls you started with were too varied in size. How to Fix it: As long as the cookies are not tooth-breakingly hard or raw, you can still enjoy them.
When a light-colored cookie is done, it should hold its shape. However, it may look a bit puffy or soft in the center, too. This is normal and simply means that the cookie may continue baking on the sheet and rack once removed from the oven.
Cookies bake quickly — usually within 8 to 10 minutes — but sometimes it’s hard to tell when they’re baked through. Better to be on the safe side and remove them when they’re slightly underdone than burn them. … You can even rebake cookies long after they’re cool to restore crispness or freshness.
Undercooked cookies are still edible, don’t toss them! Some people prefer chocolate chip cookies underdone, but you can’t know for sure that the egg has fully cooked (although that wouldn’t bother me one bit unless the source was shaky).
Why didn’t my No Bake Cookies Harden?
Why won’t my no bake cookies harden? If your cookies are too soft and not set up that means you didn’t cook the cookie mixture long enough. In order for the cookies to harden properly the mixture must be boiled until it reaches a temperature of 230°F. This is approximately 1 ½ minutes on medium heat.
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.
Most cookie failures can be salvaged in some way.
- If you burn cookies, scrape the bottom off with a serrated knife.
- If your cookies end up too crunchy or dry. …
- Ugly cookies, can be crushed up and used as a topping on coffee cake.
- Dry cookies can be used in cake batter or cookies to create a unique flavor.
Cookies not baked long enough. Using too much flour or the wrong kind of flour. Too many eggs or other liquids in the dough. Too high a ratio of brown sugar to white sugar.
Chocolate chip cookies are done when they have a firm golden edge or bottom and appear slightly set on top. If the edges become dark brown, they are overbaked. If edges aren’t golden and tops are soft and shiny, bake a little longer.
Why are my cookies tough? The most common reason that cookies are tough is that the cookie dough was mixed too much. When flour is mixed into the dough, gluten begins to form. Gluten helps hold baked goods together, but too much gluten can lead to tough cookies.