How to Make Cookies Crispy

An age-old question: do you like your cookies crispy or soft? If you’re team crispy, check out this post on how to make cookies crispy.

A Milk Bar cornflake crispy cookie is on a marble countertop with mini chocolate chips and cornflakes scattered around it. To the right is the edge of a metal cooling rack.

How to Make Cookies Crispy

Crispy cookies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But when done right, there’s no way to pass up a crunchy, golden, and satisfying cookie! If you aspire to make the perfect crispy cookie, you’ve come to the right place.

Two toffee cookies leaning on each other next to a plate with cookies stacked on it. There are scattered toffee pieces around.

The Science of Crispy Cookies

Okay, that heading was a little click-baity, but the first step to baking a crispy cookie is understanding how your ingredients impact your bake. There are certain ingredients that can help you achieve your desired snap and others that will hinder your mission. 

To make cookies crispy, you will want to stick to with all-purpose flour to provide a sturdy structure and give your cookies crunch. When thinking about fat type, our preferred choice is unsurprisingly butter because it has a lower melting point. This allows cookies to easily spread and creates a nice buttery crispness with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that you just can’t get anywhere else. If you’re just hoping for a crisp exterior and soft interior, try a mix of butter & margarine!

Now for the bad guys (aka softening agents). Brown sugar is really great at softening cookies. So if you’re hoping for a crispy cookie, try using more granulated sugar. Granulated sugar absorbs moisture better, giving you the nice crispy texture you’re craving! Weirdly enough, eggs also contribute to soft cookies. So if you can limit or exclude eggs from your cookie recipe, you’ll have an easier time getting them crisp!

A pile of cookies on a wire cooling rack with chocolate chips and walnuts falling off onto the counter.

How to Bake Crispy Cookies

The temperature of your oven plays a huge role in the texture of your cookies! A lower oven temperature will give your cookies more time to spread before they start to rise, resulting in a crispier cookie. I recommend baking your cookies for a bit longer at a lower temperature to achieve the texture you’re looking for. 

You can also play around with the type of pan you’re using. A darker, non-stick baking sheet will speed up your baking process and help you get a crispier cookie. 

A note: crispy cookies do not equal burnt. Please do not overbake in an attempt to get a crunchier texture. Watch for your cookies to turn golden brown around the edges to know when they’re done. Remove them from the oven and let them cool before eating to aid in that nice crunchy texture. 

When your cookies are done, store them in a container (or cookie jar) at room temperature to maintain their crispness.

Aerial view of a counter filled with stacks of Milk Bar Cornflake crispy cookies.

I hope this helps you make the crispy cookies of your dreams!

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