Cheap & Green in 2013 #9: How to Save Less-than-perfect Cookies

How to save less than perfect cookies

We’ve all done it. You throw a sheet of cookies in the oven, then look up to see a child covered in marker, blood, or anything nasty to clean up.

20 minutes later, you think, “what is that smell?” and remember the cookies.

Whoops. We’ve all been there, right? Whether the cookies are “over-baked” (ie burnt), undercooked, or just plain crumbly, don’t trash them! There are things you can do to salvage them.  Repeat after me: We.Don’t.Waste.Cookies!

1. Throw the cookies in a food processor and use the resulting crumbs as a pie crust, ice cream cake crust, or ice cream topping.

2. If the cookes aren’t burnt but over-cooked and hard (or just plain stale), put them in an airtight container with a piece of bread. Try to make sure the bread is touching as many of the cookies as possible. By the next day, they’ll be nicely softened up. My grandma gave me that tip when I thought I ruined a batch of Springerles at Christmas.

3.  For cookies that are slightly undercooked (NOT raw), do the opposite of the bread trick. Let them sit on the cooling rack overnight  to give them a little extra crunch.

4. If the cookies taste fine but just aren’t as pretty as you wanted, you can crumble them up by hand and use them as a topping for your favorite frozen dessert. I love making rhubarb ice cream and an “ugly” sugar cookie would make a great topping.

5. Crumble the cookies, add some melted butter or Earth Balance, and top a fruit mixture to make a delicious cobbler.


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  1. LOVE the tip about the bread – had no idea!

  2. These are such great ideas. Never thought to do anything with them other then throwing them away. Thanks.

  3. Brilliant idea! Especially love the idea to crumble and use them as a topping!

  4. I never thought about using cookie crumbs for a pie crust. Such a good idea!

  5. Never thought of using the crumbs for cobbler. . .genius!


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