Cookies are delicious, but there are only so many you can eat. When the holidays arrive, you may find yourself getting cookies left, right, and center, as if you didn’t already have a drawer full of them for regular nibbling.
What do you do when you have a surplus of cookies? Cookies only last so long, and you certainly don’t want to throw them out; what a waste. Don’t worry, you can simply utilize them in other delicious dishes. I’ve compiled a variety of suggestions for you.
My name is Angie, and I am a self-taught baker with a baking side business. I make my cookies in large amounts, so if they don’t sell out, I’m left with cookies that I have to use up in some way. In this piece, I’ll share my favorite methods to use up leftover cookies with you.
Now lets get into it!
- 1. Make Banana Pudding
- 2. Make Pie Crust
- 3. Throw It in a Milk Shake
- 4. Make Cookie Butter
- 5. Make Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 6. Make Cookie Brownies
- 7. Top Your Cakes
- 8. Use as Crumble
- Final Thoughts
- What can you do with old cookies?
- What to do with cookies after baking?
- How long are leftover cookies good for?
- What to do with cookies that spread too much?
- What do Girl Scouts do with leftover cookies?
- Are day old cookies still good?
- Do homemade cookies go bad?
- What is the golden rule in baking cookies?
- Can I freeze cookies?
- Can I eat week old cookies?
1. Make Banana Pudding
If you’ve ever cooked or eaten banana pudding, you’ll know that the pieces and chunks of vanilla wafers that give it its memorable texture are sandwiched between the creamy banana delight.
Layer with your remaining cookies instead of vanilla wafers! Perfect if you have some sugar cookies on hand. They will absorb the banana tastes and have the texture of southern banana pudding.
whether all you have are chocolate chip cookies, try them out and see whether you like them. I mean, how could you go wrong with chocolate and banana? I really like the texture that the micro chocolate chips provide to the pudding. This method may also be used for different trifle recipes!
2. Make Pie Crust
Once cooked, cookies tend to dry up and get stale over time. If crispy crunchy cookies aren’t your style, crumble them the same way you would graham crackers and use them as a pie crust. You’ll be pleasantly pleased.
To bind your crumbs together, add a dab of butter and corn syrup when processing your cookies. You may either follow a recipe or wing it. You’re seeking for a wet sand texture.
When your crumbs have reached the consistency of wet sand, push them into the pie pan using a measuring cup. You now have a not-so-basic crust that’s ideal for tarts, pies, or cheesecakes.
3. Throw It in a Milk Shake
If you have a blender, I strongly suggest giving this a try. All you have to do is incorporate a handful of your remaining cookies into your favorite milkshake. Isn’t it simple?
Your blender and the quantity of liquid in it will aid in softening and breaking up the cookies into small bits. Take a drink and you’ll be hit with an explosion of flavor, complete with chewable cookie pieces. This is ideal for entertaining visitors, since it will undoubtedly impress them. Just one more cookie to finish it off and you’re done.
4. Make Cookie Butter
Cookie butter is one of humanity’s best creations, in my view. If no one is looking, I could eat an entire jar of it in one sitting.
The traditional cookie butter has been spiced and has a nutty, caramel taste. This may be accomplished by repurposing leftover gingerbread cookies, gingersnaps, or any spiced treat. Here’s a terrific cookie butter recipe I’ve tried in the past.
This does not imply that you must feel constrained. Experiment by substituting alternative cookies for the gingersnaps or Lotus Biscoff biscuits to see what other amazing tastes you can come up with. Be inventive!
5. Make Ice Cream Sandwiches
What could be more delicious than cookies and ice cream? Sandwiched between two large cookies is ice cream.
Because ice cream sandwiches are kept in the freezer, both the cookies and the ice cream have a longer shelf life once produced.
Take it out when you’re ready to eat it, and the ice cream will gently melt into the cookies, combining all of the great tastes together.
I propose that you use thinner cookies for this concept. Otherwise, a frozen thick cookie will be difficult to eat with already frozen ice cream.
6. Make Cookie Brownies
Cookie brownies were a client favorite while I worked at a bakery. I like to create a cookie brownie with cookie dough on the bottom, an oreo on top, and brownie batter on top.
Oreos are a classic, but if you have other leftover cookies, you can simply change the oreo with your favorite cookie and achieve a similar outcome.
Here’s Cupcake Jemmas’ recipe for cookie brownies.
7. Top Your Cakes
Even if your cookies have been sitting in a drawer or the fridge for a long, they are still worthy of becoming a beautiful statement.
You can always add a cookie or two as embellishments to your cupcakes or celebration cakes to make your cake appear even more spectacular and intriguing.
Even better if you have leftover sugar cookies! You may write a message on them with icing and use them as a cake topper. Writing on a cookie, in my experience, is considerably simpler than writing straight on a cake.
P.S. Don’t tell anybody, but as a baker, I’ve absolutely cheated by using a cookie to cover up faults.
8. Use as Crumble
Great if your cookies remain intact when you store them! But if they don’t, don’t worry; there’s a wonderful option for you.
If you have a rolling pin, this would work better, but it is not required. Place your cookies in a freezer-safe bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You may roll back and forth until you get the desired size of crumbs.
I adore how the cookies crumble into larger and smaller pieces. This adds an intriguing texture to anything I combine it with.
I often top coffee cakes, carrot cakes, cupcakes, and even cake pops with cookie crumble.
I’ll address some often asked questions regarding leftover cookies below.
If you find yourself with extra cookie dough, you can always freeze it and bake it later. Of course, it is a simple answer. You may also be creative and use your dough in other dishes, such as a Smutty brownie. Here’s how to make oreo cookie dough brownies!
There’s no need to be unhappy when your cookies are damaged. Unless they’re scorched, you can still utilize my suggestions above to repurpose your destroyed cookies. I recommend breaking them up and using them into your favorite sweets.
Reheating stale biscuits might bring them back to life. Place them in the microwave for approximately 15 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350F for three to five minutes.
Cookies are delicious, and if they’re handmade, they’ve probably taken a lot of effort and work to prepare. That being said, there’s no need to put pressure on yourself or anybody else to eat all of the cookies you have, particularly if they’re so delicious.
I hope that now that you’ve read these inventive methods to use up leftover cookies, no cookies will be wasted or thrown away.
Do you have any other ideas on what to do with leftover cookies? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments!
Here are five creative uses for stale cookies.
Combine them in a milkshake. Better than milk and cookies.
Make a cookie crust for the pie. PIN IT.
Combine them with chocolate bark. PIN IT.
Improve your brownie recipe. PIN IT.
Make your own cookie butter. PIN IT.
Recrisp cookies in a 425-degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes to bring them back to their freshly baked state. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing them and serving them warm.
Cookies may be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, although eating them sooner is preferable. Refrigerate cookies in a totally sealable plastic bag or plastic container.
Excess sugar or fat in your cookie will cause it to spread when baking. If your first batch of cookies spreads, try adding a few tablespoons of flour to the remaining dough to help thicken it.
Any unsold cookies are given to food organizations or charity in the community. When the coronavirus drove soldiers to abandon their in-person cookie booths for safety concerns in 2021, leftover cookies became a major problem.
Most handmade cookies will keep their flavor and texture for up to three days. If you leave the cookies out for too long, they can harden or dry out. To protect cookies from becoming stale, wrap them in plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container.
In general, baked cookies will keep at room temperature for approximately five days if kept properly. Most cookies may be stored in one of two ways: in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.
“My golden rule for baking is to make it cold and bake it hot,” she explains. For a flaky crust, use grated butter.
Here’s how to effectively freeze cookies that have already been cooked for up to two months.
Before freezing the cookies, make sure they are totally cold.
Fill an airtight container with aluminum foil or plastic food wrap with the cookies.
Wrap the cookies separately in plastic food wrap for the best results.
Bakery or handmade cookies may be kept at room temperature for two to three weeks or in the refrigerator for two months. Cookies keep their quality in the freezer for eight to twelve months. Moist bars, such as cheesecake and lemon bars, may be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days.