We’ve all been there–you saw the menu and ate with your eyes more than you could with your mouth. So you keep your leftovers, microwave them the next day and they’re hardly edible. It’s soggy and mostly flavorless. This predicament is incredibly frustrating, but there is a way around it.
Reheating fast food is more complicated than it should be. A chocolate chip cookie from McDonald’s is (usually) the perfect mix of gooey and crunchy. But having leftover cookies is quite a predicament. One second too long reheated and it’s ruined.
When stored properly, McDonald’s cookies can be reheated and restored freshly. This can be done in either a microwave or oven.
Storing McDonald’s Cookies
For optimal results when reheating these cookies, storing them properly is the first step. In the fridge, they can last for up to two weeks in an airtight container. Of course, the sooner you eat them the better. They can also be stored anywhere else in your kitchen, on the counter or in the pantry.
Be sure to separate different flavors of cookies and keep them in an airtight container, like tupperware or a sealable plastic bag. Unrefrigerated, they can last for up to three days. And another tip–putting a slice of white bread in the container with your cookies can help them to stay soft by absorbing the moisture.
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Reheating McDonald’s Cookies in an Oven
If you’re not in a time crunch, using an oven to reheat your McDonald’s cookies is the optimal choice. You still must keep a close eye on them, to make sure they don’t get overcooked. But the steps to reheat McDonald’s cookies in the oven are pretty simple.
First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, grab a baking tray and line it with parchment paper to avoid the cookies getting stuck to the tray. Bake for approximately four to six minutes, or until warm. Be sure that you are checking them every couple of minutes, and serve when they’re done.
Using a Microwave to Reheat McDonald’s Cookies
The fastest and easiest way to reheat cookies is in the microwave, which you have probably tried before. Chances are, though, you didn’t do it correctly and were left with cookies that were less than enjoyable. The key is that the cookies need to have some moisture to begin with. If you don’t have a paper towel, microwaving the cookies alongside a glass of water works fine too.
First, you will need to soak a paper towel in water. Wring it out to get rid of excessive moisture. Now that you have a damp paper towel, wrap it over your cookies or place it over a plate that the cookies are on. Then, microwave the cookies for 15 to 20 seconds. Then you can throw out the paper towel and enjoy your warm cookies.
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Adding Moisture to Cookies Without Heat
There is even a way to restore the moisture of your McDonald’s cookies without going through the hassle of reheating them. This can be done with honey or syrup. First, you’ll need some parchment paper to lay the cookies on to reduce the potential mess.
Drizzle a small amount of honey on the bottom of the cookies. Let them sit for about ten minutes so they can absorb the moisture of the added liquid. This method does add some extra sweetness, so you might want a beverage like milk to drink as you eat them.
If you wound up with leftover McDonald’s cookies, there are luckily a few ways to restore them. When reheating fast food, the biggest pain is when it becomes too soggy and loses its flavor. With these methods, you’re likely to get your cookies to the perfect temperature and moisture. They’ll be restored perfectly for your enjoyment.