I need cookie advice. My cookies came out crunchy, how do I make them soft?

Question by Julea: I need cookie advice. My cookies came out crunchy, how do I make them soft?
I am a teacher and I made holiday cookies for all my students. Unfortunately they came out crunchy even though they arent burnt. What can I do to soften them up?

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Answer by trevor r
dont cook them as long

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  1. Angelwings says:

    If your using all butter in your recipe try replacing half of your butter with Crisco. You can also use all butter flavored crisco. Remember butter = crisp and crunchy and Crisco = soft and chewy. If you want somewhere in between, use half of one and half of the other.

  2. Elizabeth C says:

    Take a few minutes off the baking time and use more milk in the batter.

  3. Ken B says:

    High moisture content does; so the recipe, baking time, and temperature must be adjusted to retain moisture. Binding the water in butter, eggs, and brown sugar (it contains molasses, which is 10 percent water) with flour slows its evaporation. The dough needs a little extra flour, which makes it stiffer. The stiff dough spreads less, less liquid evaporates, and the cookies are thicker. Mass also helps cookies stay moist–big dollops of dough make softer and chewier cookies than tiny spoonfuls of dough. Bake these thick cookies for a shorter time at a high temperature to firm them quickly and minimize spreading. Most important, don’t bake them too long–remove from the oven when the cookie rim is brown and at least 1/3 of the center top remains pale. The cooked centers will be soft.

  4. meganzss says:

    Take them out of the oven before they turn brown. I used to have this problem too. Then I learned that you have to take them out before they are done cooking all the way.

  5. NekoMimi says:

    Go to foodnetwork.com and check out the Good Eats Episode called “Three Chips for Sister Martha”.

    He has a recipe for crunchy, chewy, and fluffy.
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ea/episode/0,1976,FOOD_9956_17114,00.html

    GREAT SHOW… Check out all his episodes below!

    Good luck!

  6. Apple Tart says:

    Most cookies only need between 8 -10 minutes to cook. They come out of the oven looking a little underdone but when the are completely cooled, they are cooked through but nice an soft.

  7. Christopher K says:

    Replace the white granulated sugar called for in the recipe with either light or dark brown sugar…..guaranteed softer, chewy cookies…..enjoy!!!

    Christopher

  8. reikihealing4u says:

    I always use butter flavored shortening instead of butter or margarine. Plus, cook them for the shortest amount of time listed on the recipe (or even a minute less than that), even if they don’t look done. They continue to cook a little bit on the cookie sheet when you take them out to cool.

    Since you already baked them… try sticking them in a zip lock bag with a piece of bread and see if that softens them up.

  9. Maria W says:

    I’m not sure how you can make the cookies you’ve already made any softer, but next time you bake, cool them on a brown paper bag from the grocery store. Last Christmas, one of my customers told me this and it makes cookies come out more chewy than crispy. This is the only way I cool them now. (Unless I want them crispy!)

  10. saucier23 says:

    Substitute 1/4 the sugar with an equal part of corn syrup. Butter has a lower melting point than margerine or shortning so using butter makes for thinner crisper cookies.

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