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How Long to Cook Cookies

Cookies are one of the world’s irresistible confectionery that is delicious and simple to make, whether you like them chewy or crispy you’d agree that they are sure to please your taste buds.

There are different procedures and techniques for making delicious cookies and everyone has one that works for them, the thing with cookies is that they are simple to make and the chances of you messing it up are low so you shouldn’t feel too nervous about them making one.

In this article, we would be looking at the different easy methods and cooking times to go about making a cookie that would yield amazing results so all you’ll have to do is to pick one method that works for you.

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How Long To Cook Cookies

Tips to Note when Making Cookies

Making a cookie using whichever method is simple, but if you’re new to this recipe knowing a few helpful tips like these below would make your cookie recipe perfect each time.

Measure the flour correctly; always use a measuring cup made for dry ingredients for accurate measurements, when measuring the flour level it with a knife or your finger after scooping it onto the measuring cup for equal measurement. Also, use a cookie scoop or kitchen scale, it ensures that all the cookies would be of the same size, and they bake evenly.

To freeze or not to freeze the dough; you could choose to refrigerate or not refrigerate the cookies after mixing and shaping them, but refrigerating or freezing it would be better because it allows the flour to hydrate and soaks up some of the moisture in the dough which would enhance the texture of the cookie once it’s baked. Refrigerating the cookies for some time prevents them from spreading too much when baking which results in a thicker fuller cookie.

Chill the cookies by placing the cookie balls on a lined baking sheet and letting them get tough for an hour in the refrigerator or freezer then deforest the cookies when you want to bake by letting them come to room temperature while place on a lined baking sheet covered with a napkin or towel.

Use good Ingredients; the texture and quality of the cookie would depend on the kind of ingredients used, buy quality ingredients like chocolate, butter not margarine, eggs, etc.

Also make sure the ingredients are at room temperature when you mix them, if the butter is cold bring it to room temperature by taking it out of the fridge 2 hours before you start mixing or by microwaving it for about 6-7 seconds, you’re not trying to melt it,  you can freeze after mixing and molding them.

Use parchment paper or aluminum foil; whatever you do try not to add more fats or grease to the cookie, so use an ungreased baking sheet, parchment paper, or foil when baking. The cookie wouldn’t spread and the cleanup would be easier.

Use brown sugar for chewy cookies; brown sugar should be an important ingredient in your cookie recipe if you want them to be chewy.

Let the dough be easy to mold; your dough once mixed shouldn’t be too sticky or stiff, you’d want it to be easy to roll and tender. If you’d be making chocolate chip cookies use lots of chocolate chips for an appetizing result.

You can bake them while frozen; you could choose to thaw the cookies first before baking or bake them directly by placing them in the oven while you preheat the oven.

To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and while the oven is preheating, place the lined baking sheet containing the frozen cookies inside the oven and leave it for about 15 minutes. The cookies may look a little brown but this wouldn’t affect the taste.

Methods and Cooking Time for Making Cookies

There are several ways to bake a delicious batch of cookies, as time goes on new faster, and easier methods emerge along with the old methods making it convenient for so many. Some of these methods are;

Oven-baking; this method is the oldest and most common way to make cookies, it is still used to date and it involves baking the mixed and molded cookies at a particular temperature for a specific amount of time in an oven.

Air- frying; this method is a fast-growing convenient way for making a whole lot of recipes including cookies, to make a cookie in an air fryer all you have to do is start by mixing all ingredients like you normally would (or like how we did below in our recipe), lining the air fryer with aluminum foil and then scooping the dough and placing it on the foil.

Press the dough down with your fingers and then cook for about 6-8 minutes at 300° F in an air fryer. One air fryer is different from another and this might lead to different cooking times, however, start with air-frying the cookies for 6 minutes and then longer if required.

Microwaving; this method has to be the quickest and simplest method for making cookies. According to Emma’s Goodies, once you mix the cookie ingredients just scoop it and mold it on a microwave-safe plate then place it in the microwave for about 1 minute or 1 minute 15 seconds and it’s done. Yes, it’s that fast, the cookie would look mushy and soft after a minute but just let it cool for about 5 minutes and then the texture would be lovely to eat.

Note that eggs in a microwave would make the cookie taste rubbery so substitute the egg with milk also remember this recipe only accommodates one cookie at a time but since the cooking time is short you could make more.

Cooking method Cooking time
Making cookies in an oven at 325° F 15-18 minutes
Making cookies in an air fryer at 300° F 6-8 minutes
Making a cookie in a microwave 1- 1 minute 15 seconds
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How Long To Cook Cookies (2)

Oven-baked chocolate chip cookies (20 servings)

  • Author: Bobby




  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Stir it well with a spatula or mixer so it creams well.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla then add the dry ingredients through a sieve (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt).
  4. Mix them well and add the chocolate chips then mix again.
  5. Scoop and mold the cookies evenly, and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet then refrigerator for an hour.
  6. After 1 hour, let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes, evenly space them out on the baking sheet, and bake in the oven.
  7. After baking, let it cool and enjoy.

For more ideas on how to make cookies check out the air fryer cookie video recipe