Baking cookies can be a fun thing to do with your lover, family, or friends. It is very simple and making a batch doesn’t require plenty of ingredients. Another great thing about making cookies is that you don’t even need an oven any more to bake a great batch.No bake cookies are so easy to make, you can make a large batch in under 30-minutes. However, even though making no bake cookies is a basic task, it is still common for many people to commit mistakes that can make no bake cookies dry and unappetizing.
What Is A No Bake Cookie
No bake cookies are basically cookies made without an oven. These types of cookies are very easy to make. All you need to do to make one is mix a cook a handful of ingredients in a pot, and mix it with other dry ingredients to shape soft and edible cookies.No bake cookies usually contain fudge, chocolates, oatmeal, and peanut butter. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add in other sweet ingredients. You can add as many ingredients as you like, but take note, the more ingredients you add the harder you cookie may get.
What Causes No Bake Cookies To Go Dry
One problem most people encounter when making no bake cookies is that they often get dry. There are several things that can cause your no bake cookie to go dry. One thing that can turn your cookies dry is overcooking the sugar. When making no bake cookies, it is essential to cook the sugars just right. Sugars included in no bake cookie recipes should be cooked between temperatures of 235 up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid over boiling. The same principle also applies to no bake cookies with fudge ingredients included in the recipe.
Aside from overcooking certain ingredients, another thing that causes no bake cookies to go dry is humid. If your home is very humid, your no bake cookies can get dry really quick. One more thing that can cause your no bake cookies to become dry is improper storage.
How To Salvage A Dry No Bake Cookie
If you happen to end up with dry no bake cookies, don’t throw out the batch just yet. You can still try and save those cookies with a simple technique. To salvage dry no bake cookies, all you need to do is make a new batch of boiled sugar. Once you have cooked your sugar just right, simply add each cookie to it one at a time and wait for every piece to soften into the mix.
Once the cookies become soft, mix all the ingredients together until you get a thick mix. Once the sugar and cookie mixture thickens, place it on a greased pan and let it settle for a couple of minutes.
No Bake Mistakes To Avoid
The next time you try and make a batch of no bake cookies, make sure to avoid these following mistakes that can cause your cookies to go dry
Not Using An Airtight Container
The key to keeping your cookies moist is storing them in an airtight container. You can use a hard plastic container or a nice ziplock back to keep your no bake cookies from getting dry.
Excessive Use Of Flour
Adding too much flour to your no bake cookie recipe can significantly cause your cookies to become tough and dry.
Adding Too Many Ingredients
Although you can add a large variety of ingredients to your no bake cookie recipe, adding plenty of ingredients can cause your cookies to get too chewy, making them feel less moist to the mouth.
How To Cook A Moist No Bake Cookie
If you haven’t tried making a moist batch of no bake cookies yet, here is a simple recipe that I recommend you try at home. It doesn’t require many ingredients and only takes around 30 minutes to cook and prepare.
What You Will Need:
- White Sugar (2 Cups)
- Milk (1/2 Cup)
- Butter (1/2 Cup)
- Cocoa Powder (4 Tsp)
- Peanut Butter ( ½ Cup)
- Vanilla Extract (2 Tsp)
- Instant Oatmeal (2 Cups)
What You Should Do:
Step 1: Cook The Ingredients
Place a saucepan over a stove set at low heat and carefully add in the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk. Continuously stir the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved. It will take you about 1-minute and 30-seconds up to 2-minutes to do so. Once the mixture has come to a boil, remove the saucepan from heat.
Step 2: Mix The Cooked Ingredients With The Rest Of The Ingredients
After cooking the sugar mixture, stir in the peanut butter, oats, and vanilla extra into the saucepan. Continuously stir the ingredients until you end up with a smooth and thick mix. Next thing you should do is place the mixture onto a baking sheet and let it settle for about 15-minutes.
The Final Thought
Making a batch of no bake cookies at home can be quite fun. It doesn’t require many ingredients, and is fairly quick and easy to make. However, it can still be easy to end up with a batch of dry cookies because of the simple mistake of overcooking certain ingredients. To avoid doing so, simply remove the cooked sugar from heat once it comes to a boil. And if you still end up with a dry batch of cookies, remember that you can still save make them moist by creating a new batch of boiled sugar to soften them up.