How Bread Keeps Cookies Fresher

Bread keeps cookies freshSoft homemade cookies throughout the year…
are the bomb diggity.

Treats made with fresh ingredients, love, and time. Who could turn them down?

Soft fresh oatmeal raisin, gooey chocolate chip, or chunky peanut butter cookies melt in your mouth with each bite. The softness tells you fresh, the goodness tells you made from home with love.

Imagine walking into the kitchen spying the cookie jar. Your mouth waters, your stomach growls, and your entire essence crave the cookies inside the cookie jar. Opening the cookie jar, you look around, making sure no one else is spying your cookie find. Reaching in, your hand expects a soft cookie, but your hand touches a hard ruined cookie.

Noooo, your taste buds and craving have just been assaulted by a cardboard cookie. A cookie – just yesterday was soft, fresh, and calling your name is gone. In its place, a hockey puck strong enough for home defense.

How did this happen? Did someone leave the cookie jar open, and who was it? You’re out for soft cookie killing revenge.

And there’s only one thing left for you to do…
Throw the fresh wholesome ingredients once known as a cookie into the trash.


You have a choice. No, you don’t need to put an alarm on the cookie jar. Apprehending the guilty won’t bring back your fresh cookies.

The solution is bread.
Yes, I said bread as in a piece of bread. 

Fixing stale cookies with bread.

Air is the culprit for soft cookies become hard and crunchy. As air enters the cookie jar it dries out the fresh ingredients, like a dehydrator.
It can happen when the jar is left open, is opened frequently, or doesn’t sealed properly in the first place.

Add 1 slice of bread to the top of your cookie jar, close the lid tight and wait. It doesn’t matter what type or part of the bread you use.
And yes, homemade bread works too. Within a few hours, your cookies will begin to soften again.

This works with store bought cookies too – most of the time.

When you add bread to your sealed cookie container, the moisture in the bread acts like a cookie jar humidifier.
The bread’s moisture is absorbed by the cookies for moister cookies.

But beware! You shouldn’t put a piece of bread in with perfectly soft cookies. The extra moisture from the bread makes delicious soft cookies mooshy at best.

Can bread help dry cookies that are overcooked? Or cookies made with too much flour in?

Sometimes, but it never hurts to try. I’ve done both – added too much flour or overcooked my cookies.
I’ve noticed cookies that are overdone – but not burnt – are helped by a piece of bread. The bread gives the cookie a less crunchy taste. Burnt cookies – forget it. Edible is not in the definition of burnt cookies.

For cookies made with too much flour, the bread helps soften the cookies as well.

What about frozen cookies?

You bet – bread works!
When you freeze homemade cookies, they tend to dry out. Before freezing double bag the cookies, and squeeze out all excess air before sealing. Defrost cookies on your counter. Once defrosted, add a piece of bread into the bag and reseal.

I’ve tried freezing a piece of bread with the cookies – without much luck. Moisture in frozen bread is ice. Unfrozen ice is water, water on cookies is not a good thing.

How often should I add a new piece of bread?

Anytime you need to. Whenever you open the cookie jar and find staleness creeping in, pull out the old bread and add a new piece.
When I make large cookie batches I store the cookies in more than one container. This keeps part of the cookies safe from being exposed to air all the time. Plus, hiding the second container ensures only one container gets devoured at a time.

Origin of the bread and cookie solution.

I have no idea where this bread saves cookies concept started. Personally, I didn’t know anything about bread saving cookies when I was growing up. My hubby Rick had to educate me on soft cookies with the aide of 1 slice of bread. He doesn’t remember where the idea came from, but it works. But his mom says they’ve always done it.  Like it’s part of the actual recipe. But I’ve never seen add bread to stale cookies at the end of the recipe. Have you?

Uses for the stale bread pieces:

Keeping waste down just makes sense to me. There are many different uses for the stale pieces of bread once it is done saving your cookies.
My grandson Devin thinks stale bread is perfect to fly, flip, and destroy into tiny pieces. None of these are on my list of “makes sense”.

You might like one of the following uses for stale bread:

  •  Make bread pudding
  • Cut the stale bread pieces into croutons for your salad.
  • Smash them up in a bag, add seasoning creating homemade bread crumbs for an array of recipes
  • Break the stale bread up and feed them to another animal. We give them dry to the chickens and add water to the stale bread to feed pigs.

Who knew a simple piece of bread could save cookies?

Now you know too.

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