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.
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.
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.
- Check cookies at the minimum baking time. Even one minute can make a difference! …
- Once they’re out of the oven, immediately transfer the cookies from the hot sheet to a cooling rack using a spatula (unless the recipe specifies otherwise). …
- Cookies are done when they are firmly set and lightly browned.
- For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- For crispier cookies, let cookies cool for one minute on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
To ensure a chewy texture, take cookies out of the oven when they are still slightly underdone, which often means they will droop over the end of a spatula. Crevices should appear moist and edges on smooth cookies should be lightly browned.
Once it’s clear that you do have limp cookies or less-than-crispy crackers, put them back into a preheated 300° F or 325° F oven, regardless of the original (presumably higher) baking temperature. I tend to use 300° F for items that can’t afford to get darker, and 325° if a little extra color won’t hurt.
Re-baking will give us hard, brick-like cookies and bars. … If the bars are so underbaked that the eggs are still raw, it’s probably not a good idea to eat or even try to re-bake them if the bars have been sitting out for very long.
How to harden soft cookies? To harden soft cookies, whether they are freshly baked or a few days old, put them in the oven preheated to 300-50°F and bake for a few additional minutes. You can also adjust your cookie recipe and pick the right baking tray to get crispy cookies every time.
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! They will firm up more during cooling.)
Sugars: Sugars, like fats liquefy in the oven. White sugar will make your cookies crispier while brown sugar contains more moisture and will result in a softer and more chewy cookie. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes call for both sugars.
That, or the dough wasn’t cool enough before baking. Warm cookie dough or excess butter will cause the cookies to spread too much, baking quickly on the outside but remaining raw in the middle. Next time, chill your cookies in the fridge for 10 minutes before you bake them. If the problem persists, use less butter.