How to Reheat Cookies

I am convinced that warm gooey cookies have superpowers. If you want to know how to reheat cookies and get their mojo back, let’s chat.

A hand holding a chocolate pb cookie that has been cut in half and stacked together after being reheated.

Why Reheat Cookies

If you’ve ever waited anxiously by the oven for the timer to go off or stood in line at a popular cookie store (ahem, hi Crumbl Cookies), then you are no stranger to the majesty that is a warm cookie. Being completely honest, I’m always a tiny bit sad when I pull the cookies out of storage (be it the counter, fridge, or freezer) and they are no longer warm and perfectly gooey. If this feeling resonates with you, I’m about to make your day with the knowledge of how to reheat cookies. 

Reheating cookies is super simple and can be easily done in a matter of minutes. And it’s a skill that is really delicious to have! So don’t worry about trying to eat the entire batch of cookies fresh out of the oven. Don’t cry over leftover Crumbl cookies in the box. Don’t mourn your freezer stash or the cookies you’ve hidden in your fridge. Instead, celebrate knowing that you can reheat your cookies to their original glory whenever you please!

A stack of reheated cookies (sugar).

The Best Ways to Reheat Cookies

These methods work well for reheating all kinds of cookies (yes – even monstrous Crumbl cookies)! If you need to warm up cookies that have been sitting on your counter, in your fridge or even in your freezer for a month, give one of these tips a shot! 

  1. Microwave: This method works best with one cookie at a time! Place the cookie on a microwave-safe plate and heat them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Be careful not to overheat the cookies, as they can quickly become hard and chewy. 
  2. Oven: This method is especially great for bigger cookies and larger batches of cookies. Think chocolate chip, oatmeal or served-warm Crumbl cookies. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the cookies on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven for 3-5 minutes, or until they are warm and slightly soft. 
  3. Toaster oven: Use this method if you’re wanting to warm a smaller batch of cookies at once. Preheat the toaster oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the cookies on a toaster oven-safe tray and heat them for 3-5 minutes, or until they are warm and slightly soft. 
  4. Air fryer: What can’t the air fryer do? I like this method as an alternative to the toaster oven for smaller batches of cookies. Simply preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C). Place the cookies in the air fryer basket and heat them for 2-3 minutes, or until they are warm and slightly soft.
  5. Steam: This method is great for single cookies that may have gotten a little hard. The steam from the paper towel will help to soften and warm the cookies in seconds. All you have to do is wrap the cookies in a damp paper towel and microwave them for 10-15 seconds. Voila! Warm cookies. 
  6. Thaw: Okay, I know this isn’t necessarily ‘reheating’ but I thought I’d include it for you anyway! This method is great for cookies that are typically served chilled (like Crumbl’s mud pie or sugar cookies, etc) but have been in the freezer. All you have to do is remove it from the freezer and let it sit on the counter until it is softened to your liking!
Smores cookies cut in half and stacked on top of each other with melted chocolate and marshmallows melting out of the cookies after recently reheat cookies.

How many times can I reheat cookies before they go bad?

I would recommend reheating cookies when you are ready to eat them. Each time you reheat a cookie it will lose a little moisture and you don’t want your cookies to become dry!

How do I keep cookies from burning when reheating them?

Watch your time and temperature closely! Be sure to use a low temperature (when applicable) and stick close by your cookies while they reheat to ensure they aren’t warming for too long.

Can I reheat cookies that contain toppings?

Absolutely! Just choose the method that works best for you and give it a go! If you’d like to add frosting or additional toppings after, give the cookie a second to cool and apply normally as if you just pulled it from the oven.

How to reheat a cookie: A brownie mix cookie that has been split in half and stacked on each other with melty chocolate chips.

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  1. Thanks for the tip about how using the thaw option can also help in reheating cookies. I’m interested in looking for a cookie delivery service because I’d like to stock up on sweets in my pantry. I think that eating more sweets will help reduce my reliance on caffeine in the long run.

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