Why can't chocolate chip cookies be soft after they are baked?

Reply Fri 6 Feb, 2009 11:39 pm
It seems like no matter how much I try different chocolate cookie recipes in hope that I find a perfect one I cannot seem too. The cookies always taste fine, but after an hour or so I try one and they are hardened but thick. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they know that will give me that store bought chocolate chip cookie taste?
Reply Fri 6 Feb, 2009 11:42 pm
I can only suggest not baking them for so long. Leave some of the moisture in.
Reply Fri 6 Feb, 2009 11:44 pm
I do, and it sucks cause when I take them out of the oven they wanna fall apart, but the next hour they are hard, they still taste good, but are hard unless you soak them in milk. Sad
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 12:23 am
Read these tips from my favorite baking website.

This one is about cookie ingredients and the role each plays in a cookie's taste and texture.


This one is specifically about the category of drop cookies, of which chocolate chip cookies are a member.


This one contains tips specifically for chocolate chip cookies.


This is the recommended chocolate chip recipe from the professional baker that runs the website. It is from Alton Brown of the Good Eats show on the Food Network:


And these are variations on the same recipe by Alton Brown that have differing desired outcomes of either chewy cookies, puffy cookies and thin cookies.


This is the hour long episode Alton devoted to the chemistry of cookie making where he demonstrates the chocolate chip cookie recipe variations.

Part 1

Part 2
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 02:54 pm
You might not be putting enough brown sugar in them, ad also try using criso instead of butter. They celll criso in blocks/sticks, that might make a difference. My friend uses crisco and her cookies always come out perfect! Also check the brown sugar thing, I think it is what makes the cookies soft. Don't seal them up right away either let them sit out for a while.
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Jose Cuervo
Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2009 08:29 am
Grandma used to put a piece of bread in the jar if she wanted to soften cookies.
Try it- the bread becomes hard and the cookies soft!
Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2009 10:56 am
@Jose Cuervo,
I was going to suggest the piece of bread too!
Jose Cuervo
Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2009 02:22 pm
Hey martybarker- great minds think alike!
You're cute too.
And the girl ain't bad neither ;^}
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2017 01:36 pm
Good afternoon. It is obvious that your recipe is out of balance. Post your recipe & your directions this way we can help you.

If I let myself speculate in these matters I would venture say there is too too much sugar in this recipe. Anyway we will know if you post the recipe.

Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2017 03:25 pm
This thread is eight years old. It's still an interesting thread, but Nikital is not apt to respond. One can learn quite a bit from reading the whole thread.
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2017 11:43 am
If you want a cookie to be softer after they are baked, just underbake them by a minute or two.
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