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How to Save Burnt Cookies

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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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  1. Loretta on January 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on January 23, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      I’m glad you like it 😀 its a great trick!

    • Margaret Seymour on February 2, 2019 at 5:32 am

      I too got the donut pan video. But I was able to follow the written instruction and it worked well!

  2. Matt Harris on November 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Nothing wrong with burnt cookies! Yummy and crunchy!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Hi Matt, haha! yes, I have to agree, you made me laugh!
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Tahli Kennedy on May 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    hi you are awesome!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      thanks so much 🙂


  4. Anitha on March 31, 2017 at 1:49 am

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

    • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Hi Anitha,
      Thank you, I will get Kevin to check it out,
      Gemma 🙂

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