Last Updated on February 16, 2023
Most cookie recipes will make 24-48 cookies, often leaving you with many leftovers. So, you may wonder what to do with leftover cookies. Fortunately, there are some great uses you can put your leftover cookies to so they don’t go to waste.
If you have a desire for cookies but don’t have anyone to share them with, you will likely end up with a lot of leftovers. Since cookies only last for around a week or so before they go stale, you may not be able to eat them in time while they are still fresh. Fortunately, there are other ways to use up your excess cookies.
What to Do With Leftover Cookies?
Whether chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter, gingerbread, shortbread, or chocolate, there are many delicious cookie recipes. However, it is not uncommon to end up with leftover cookies. Fortunately, you can make one a leftover cookie recipe to use up your cookies before they go to waste.
Cookie truffles are a fun and delicious way to use up your old leftover cookies. Even if the cookies are going stale, you can still make a delicious treat by making truffles. The truffles will taste delicious no matter what type of cookie you are making.
To make cookie truffles, simply smash up your old cookies using a food processor or rolling pin. Then mix six ounces of cookies with three ounces of softened cream cheese. Form the mixture into balls, chill them, and then dip them into melted chocolate.
Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is great for any occasion. You can use your leftover cookies to make a crust for your cheesecake by crushing the cookies up and adding a bit of melted butter. You can also sprinkle the leftover cookies on top of your cheesecake bars or even mix them into the batter.
You can make a delicious pie crust using chocolate chips, sugar, chocolate, peanut butter, or gingerbread cookies. Simply replace the graham crackers in your crust recipe with crushed cookies for a delicious creation. Cookie crust tastes great with French Silk pie, peanut butter pie, chocolate cream pie, pecan pie, and cheesecakes.
Ice cream cookie sandwiches
For a fun summer treat, you can make ice cream cookie sandwiches with your leftover cookies. Chocolate chip cookies make a wonderful base for ice cream sandwiches. You can use any ice cream flavor such as chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, or caramel.
Mix into ice cream or milkshakes
For your cookies that have become particularly stale, you can still use them for a topping. Crumbled cookies taste great on top of ice cream sundaes or blended into milkshakes.
Crumble on top of cakes
To make beautiful and tasty cakes, you can crumble your leftover cookies on top. You can even add some cookies to the cake batter before baking as well.
Mix into frosting
For an extra-fun cake, you can mix your cookies into the frosting and then use that frosting to decorate cakes. Finely grind up your cookies with a food processor and then mix them into your frosting. It may be a bit hard to pipe with the frosting since there could still be small chunks of cookies.
Make cookie brownies
Brownies and cookies go wonderfully together. You can break your cookies into pieces and then mix them into brownie batter to create a delicious treat.
Make chocolate bark
Chocolate bark is a fun dessert you can make with the family. Melt your favorite type of chocolate, then add cookie pieces, pretzels, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, and anything else you’d like. Once it hardens, break the bark into pieces and enjoy.
Make cookie butter
Cookie butter is a fun dish to make and tastes great with toast, apple slices, and granola. Though you can use any type of cookie to make cookie butter, gingersnaps,, and gingerbread are particularly good options.
Another great option for using leftover cookies is to simply freeze them. To freeze your cookies, let them fully cool and then place them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. They will last in the freezer anywhere from eight to twelve months.
When ready to enjoy, let your cookies thaw at room temperature for around 30 minutes to an hour. You can also warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds if desired.
How to Keep Cookies Fresh
To keep your cookies fresh for as long as possible, store them in an airtight container, Ziploc bag, or cookie jar. Be sure to let them cool fully first before storing them.
Most cookies will stay fresh at room temperature for one to two weeks. To help the cookies stay fresh, place a piece of white bread in with the cookies to absorb any excess moisture.
The Great Cookie Conundrum: Unraveling the Mystery of Leftover Treats
Ah, the age-old conundrum of old, leftover cookies! It is a mystery that has plagued cookie lovers everywhere. But fear not, our dear cookie enthusiast, because we are going to unravel the reasons why this tasty tragedy occurs.
Unfortunately, most people get carried away with their love for cookies and overestimate how many they can eat. So, what happens next? Before you even blink an eye, there’s a surplus of freshly baked goods that they just can’t finish.
In addition, we must not forget about those who enjoy cooking but do not have time to eat all the cookies. They are running from one meeting to the next, barely having time to grab a quick bite, let alone finish a whole batch of cookies.
Finally, when it comes to cookies, some people may simply have an iron will. They have the self-control to resist the urge to eat more than their fair share, saving some for later. These guys are definitely a unique species, and we should all be humbled by their extraordinary discipline.
Anyway, each of us can find ourselves with a ton of old cookies, but one thing is for sure: they are always a delight to have around. Well, we have nothing else to conclude except that regardless of whether they are eaten as a late-night snack or as a sweet treat with a cup of tea, old cookies are a symbol of all the joys that baked goods bring.
Now, let’s find out what to do with leftover cookies that are no longer good to eat because they have lost their freshness and become dry, hard, and crumbly with a noticeable reduction in flavor and texture.
What to Do With Old Cookies?
As you could have deduced from the title itself, today we are taking a trip down memory lane to give new life to those forgotten, stale cookies lurking in your pantry. The most essential thing is to resist the temptation to toss them away since these old, crispy cookies have a surprise in store for you.
We are going to show you how to transform them into a delectable dessert that will have everyone licking their fingers and asking for seconds. So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get started on this sweet adventure of making magic with leftover cookies!
Cookie Cake Recipe
Welcome to the land of cookie cakes, where the skies are always filled with the sweet aroma of freshly baked treats! Nice to have you here! Today, we are going to be taking those sad, stale cookies from your pantry and turning them into a towering, triple-layered masterpiece that will have your taste buds jumping for joy. So, gather your ingredients, dust off your mixer, and get ready to bake your way to cookie cake glory!
- 2 1/2 cups flour (preferably the all-purpose one)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of crushed leftover cookies
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Step 1: Weigh, measure, and preheat the oven
The first step is to weigh and measure all of the ingredients you will need to prepare this flawless recipe. Then, depending on how quickly and powerfully your oven works, preheat it to 350°F and oil three round cake pans. We generally use 9-inch ones, but any other size can do that.
Step 2: Mix
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry, “powdery” ingredients, that is, flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside, you will need them later.
Step 3: Cream
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until you achieve a nice, light, and creamy consistency.
Step 4: Add the eggs
The next step is to beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla essence.
Step 5: Combine
Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix, but gently, until just combined.
Step 6: Fold
Fold in the crushed cookies and chocolate chips and that’s it.
Step 7: Divide
Divide the mixture into three parts so you can bake a triple-layered masterpiece. It might be best to split it into three plates first to ensure that each layer is equal.
Step 8: Bake
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 30 minutes. You can even do a test with a toothpick, if the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, it’s time to take it out. Allow them to cool completely.
Step 9: Whip
In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk until firm peaks form.
Step 10: Let cool and…
Now it’s time for perhaps the most exciting part. All you have to do is place one layer of cake on a serving platter and spread a generous amount of whipped cream over the top. Repeat with the remaining layers.
Step 11: Enjoy!
If you want to add an extra dose of texture, feel free to crumble a few more cookies and sprinkle them on top of the cake for a crunchy garnish.
That’s it, now you know what to do with leftover cookies! But, that’s not all, get ready for one more!
Cookie Pop Recipe
Let us show you how to transform those neglected delights into something genuinely wonderful. All you have to do is grab your aprons, preheat your oven, and let’s get popping!
- 2 cups crushed leftover cookies (any kind will do!)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Lollipop sticks
- Decorations as needed or desired
- First, crush the cookies into tiny crumbs.
- Melt the chocolate chips and oil in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until well melted.
- Combine everything until you get a homogenous mixture.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- The magic now begins. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, form balls. Try to make them equal in size. Set them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Insert a lollipop stick into the center of each ball.
- Put them in the freezer for a few minutes.
- You can even dip them in melted chocolate or sprinkle them with colorful sprinkles for an extra special touch.
Using Up Leftover Cookies
Sometimes, you simply can’t eat all your cookies before they begin to go stale. Fortunately, there are some great uses for leftover cookies, even if they have gone hard. There’s no need to throw out your stale cookies as you can repurpose them into something delicious.
Do you have any questions regarding what to do with leftover cookies? If so, please ask your questions regarding leftover cookie recipes in the comment section below.
What Can I Do With Old Cookies?
There are many uses for old cookies including cookie truffles, cheesecake bars, pie crusts, brownies, ice cream sandwiches, cookie butter and bark. You can also use crushed cookies as a mix-in for cakes, frosting, milkshakes and ice cream.
What To Do With Cookies That Are Too Hard?
If your cookies are too hard, you can mix them into ice cream or milkshakes. You can also soften them by reheating them in the microwave for around 15 seconds.
What To Do With Ruined Cookies?
If your cookies taste good but look messy, you can still use them for mix-ins in frosting, cakes, brownies, cake, ice cream and milkshakes. They are also great for making cookie butter or pie crusts.
Cookie Cake Recipe
- The first step is to weigh and measure all of the ingredients you will need to prepare this flawless recipe. Then, depending on how quickly and powerfully your oven works, preheat it to 350°F and oil three round cake pans. We generally use 9-inch ones, but any other size can do.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry, “powdery” ingredients, that is, flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside, you will need them later.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until you achieve a nice, light, and creamy consistency.
- The next step is to beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla essence.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix, but gently, until just combined.
- Fold in the crushed cookies and chocolate chips and that’s it.
- Divide the mixture into three parts so you can bake a triple-layered masterpiece. It might be best to split it into three plates first to ensure that each layer is equal.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 30 minutes. You can even do a test with a toothpick, if the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, it’s time to take it out. Allow them to cool completely.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk until firm peaks form.
- Now it’s time for perhaps the most exciting part. All you have to do is place one layer of cake on a serving platter and spread a generous amount of whipped cream over the top. Repeat with the remaining layers.
- If you want to add an extra dose of texture, feel free to crumble a few more cookies and sprinkle them on top of the cake for a crunchy garnish.
Ever since she was a young girl, Anna has been a lover of desserts. As an adult, she enjoys
baking a variety of desserts from cakes, cookies, brownies, bread, and more from scratch. She
enjoys sharing her passion for baking with others who also have a sweet tooth. From properly
measuring ingredients to making sure they are the correct temperature, Anna knows the
importance small details can make in baking. She wants to share her experience with others in
hopes they can make the most delicious baked goods. When she’s not busy blogging, Anna
enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen.