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How to Save Burnt Cookies

Learn how to Save Burnt Cookies with my Bold Baking Basics tips. You'll never throw away burnt cookies or cakes again if you follow my chef-tested tips.
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Nobody likes burning baked goods, never mind eating them. When you think that all your effort was for nothing and you are about to throw them away, WAIT! I have a solution that will not only remove the burnt bits but you won’t even be able to taste it was ever burnt to begin with. 

It’s always disheartening when you spend all that time and effort to bake something delicious and it ends up burnt. Don’t be frustrated as this is a mistake that all bakers have made, myself included. However, I have thrown away or hidden in the bottom of a bin my fair share of burnt cookies and scones. I wish I had known about this tip when I was in my twenties because I could have saved a lot of desserts and money.

You won’t believe how well this tip works. It doesn’t take long and you just saved even more time not having to remake your treats.

Now, if you have ever burning something so bad that there is no hope for it then you can always cut the exterior away and try and salvage what is in the center, be it cakes, cookies or cupcakes. I have done this before and I save what I can to make trifles, ice cream sundaes or even around the outside of cakes for decoration.

How to Save Burnt Cookies:

  1. Allow your baked good to fully cool.
  2. Depending on what the burnt baked good is either shave or grate off the burnt part just until the unburnt or golden brown part is exposed.
  3. By removing the burnt acrid or unpleasant parts you’re left with the desired flavor. Your baked good will look as good as new and no-one will ever be able to tell.
  4. For cookies and biscuits or desserts with a crisp using either a microplane or a box grater is best. For softer things like cakes and scones it’s best to use a vegetable peeler.

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Jo mama
2 years ago

I burnt the entire cookie remind me to ask someone else to make them

Anitha Naveen
Anitha Naveen
3 years ago

My chocolate cookies have burnt from bottom. What to do. Pls. Advice

4 years ago

My video shows up as how to make a donut pan, under how to save burnt cookies. But hey, it’s nice to know how to make a donut pan too! 🙂

Matt Harris
Matt Harris
5 years ago

Nothing wrong with burnt cookies! Yummy and crunchy!

Tahli Kennedy
Tahli Kennedy
6 years ago

hi you are awesome!!!

6 years ago

I think wrong video is posted here. How to juice a lemon video is present in the How to save burnt cookies section 🙂

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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