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What to Do With Burnt Cookies (Simple Tips to Salvage Them)

What to Do With Burnt Cookies (Simple Tips to Salvage Them)
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If you find yourself with a bunch of slightly burnt cookies, you really only have three options: eat them as they are, cover them up to hide the burnt bits, or crush the burnt cookies to put them in or on something else that is sweet. By no means should you throw them away.

This article will go over how to remove the burnt bits from your cookies, and it will also detail four simple recipes that you can use to salvage your burnt cookies, either with or without their burnt parts. You can transform your crispy, dark cookies quickly and effortlessly.

First, let’s take a look at some methods for getting rid of the burnt parts of your cookies.

How to Remove Burnt Parts

Here are a few methods for taking off the burnt parts of your cookies. If they are salvageable, it is quite effortless to get this done.

Grater or Zester

As long as your cookies are not hard as a rock and burnt all the way through, you can quite easily remove the burnt bits. All you need to do is grab a cheese grater or zester, though ideally the latter so you can achieve a finer grating.

You can use one of these tools to gently sand away the crispy brown parts that you desperately want to get rid of. Make sure to work slowly to avoid removing more cookie than necessary.

Butter Knife or Fingers

If you do not own a cheese grater or a zester, you can utilize a butter knife to gently scrape away the burnt bits of your cookies. You can also use your fingers or a fingernail to remove it.

It can certainly be a little more difficult to remove very small amounts of burnt cookie with these methods, but they can still get the job done if you do not have a grater or zester.

Add Moisture

You can actually make your burnt cookies a little softer and more moist by immediately sealing them in an airtight container with something that has moisture, such as a paper towel soaked in water.

Your burnt, crunchy cookies should soften up a bit after they absorb some of the moisture. You can use this technique along with scraping away the burnt bits.

How to Use Burnt Cookies

If you do not feel like trying to remove the burnt parts of your cookies, or if you have removed the burnt bits but it ended up making your cookies unsightly, then you can easily either cover up the burnt parts or crush up your cookies to use them with a different dessert.

Burnt cookies are actually ideal for crushing since they are crispy, so they break up very easily.

In this section, you will be provided with a few recipes that will make use of your burnt cookies. So, set those sweet treats aside on your counter rather than in your trash can, and take a look at these amazing ideas.

Chocolate-Frosted Cookies

You can effortlessly whip up some delectable homemade buttercream frosting to slather all over your burnt cookies. This will transform them into the crunchy center of a smooth, creamy outer shell.

Here is what you will need for this recipe:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons milk or milk substitute

First, put your softened butter and vanilla extract into a bowl, and use a mixer to blend them together well on the low setting. Once they are combined, put the bowl aside, and in another bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

Next, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and vanilla mixture, using the medium setting on your mixer. Gradually keep adding the dry ingredients, and blend them until the mixture has become creamy.

To make the mixture thinner, you can add the milk until you get the correct consistency. Once you reach the perfect viscosity, your chocolate frosting is ready to use.

You can either use this frosting to cover the tops and bottoms of your burnt cookies, or you can make sandwiches using two cookies with the buttercream frosting between them. However you decide to use the frosting with your burnt cookies, it is sure to be delicious.

Crumbled Cookie Pie Crust

There aren’t many better ways to use some crushed up burnt cookies than for a pie crust.

A pie crust of this variety goes especially well as the base of a pie that has chocolate in it, such as French silk or chocolate satin pie. Crushed cookies are also delicious sprinkled on top of various pies, so this is something that you can consider doing with your burnt cookies as well.

The mere thought is probably making your mouth water. This is why there is a recipe for you to try out below to make a crumbled cookie pie crust, and it is super quick and easy.

First, however, you will need to finely crush up your burnt cookies, either by using a food processor or by hand with a rolling pin for help; you can also contain the mess by throwing them in a ziplock bag and crushing them in there.

Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:

  • 1½ cups crushed cookies
  • ½ stick melted butter
  • Pie pan

Those are the only things you need to make this pie crust, aside from an oven, of course.

Speaking of which, set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and let it preheat while you prepare the pie crust. Now, put your melted butter and crushed up cookie bits into a bowl, and combine them together well.

After this, grease your pie pan to prevent the crust from sticking to it later. Then, press the mixture into it, making sure to evenly layer the bottom and sides of the pie pan. Place it in your oven after it is preheated.

It should take about 10 minutes to finish baking to a sturdy, crumbled cookie pie crust. Make sure that you wait for your crust to cool completely before adding any filling to it.

Cookie Crumb Pudding

This recipe is super easy. All you need are your burnt cookies, some chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. You can either use store bought pudding or whip up your own for this recipe.

First, crush up your burnt cookies using either a food processor or with a rolling pin. It is really up to your own personal preference as to how big you want your cookie bits to be.

After you have finished crushing the cookies, put your chocolate pudding and smashed cookies into a bowl, and mix them together. Put some whipped cream on top, as well as any other toppings your heart desires, and dig in.

Cookie Milkshake

This last recipe is for all those ice cream lovers who are reading.

Cookie bits go so well with ice cream that it is probably no surprise to you that this was included as a recipe. This is probably because cookies and cream make such a great pair, as do cookies and milk.

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Crushed cookies
  • 3 scoops vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 1 cherry
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup

First, as with the other two recipes that require crushed cookies, finely break up your burnt cookies with a rolling pin or food processor.

Next, take your ice cream, and use a food processor or muscle power to blend it slowly with the milk. After the ice cream is a bit thinner, add in almost all of the cookie bits, saving some for the top of your milkshake.

Pour your milkshake into a dish or glass, and spray whipped cream on top of it. Next, sprinkle your remaining crushed cookies on the whipped cream mound, and finish it off with some chocolate syrup and a cherry on top.

You can also add any other toppings that you think would go well with your cookie milkshake, such as chopped nuts or caramel sauce.

You can also mix other things in with the milkshake. A few ideas include chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and blueberries.

Final Thoughts

It is unfortunate to think about how many cookies have been wasted in this world only because they were a little burnt. Perhaps even you yourself have wasted a few cookies here and there under the false impression that they were permanently ruined.

Surely, if those bakers of burnt cookies would have known the truth — that they could have used those burnt cookies in so many wonderful ways — then they would have never thrown those cookies in the trash can.

At least you hold the knowledge now that will help you make use of your burnt cookies. Make sure to tell everyone you know about the joys of salvaging cookies so that more of these delicious treats can be enjoyed by your family and friends.