Sometimes you have more cookies than you can eat before they end up going stale, whether you recently celebrated a special occasion or holiday, or you simply ordered a bunch of delicious treats from a place like Gimmee Jimmys Cookies. But before you toss them in the trash, consider the many ways that you can actually use them so they don’t end up going to waste.

Wondering what to do with stale cookies? Keep reading to learn five ways to salvage them.

Make Your Cookies Soft Again

You may not think so, but you can actually make dry, stale cookies soft and moist again, and you can do it surprisingly easily. All you have to do is place the stale cookies inside a closed jar. Place a piece of fruit, such as a pear or an apple, inside the jar with the cookies and close the lid. Then simply allow the sugar within the cookies to absorb the moisture that’s naturally in the fruit. This moisture absorption will cause the stale cookies to become soft and yummy again.

Make Truffles Out of the Cookies

Another way to save stale cookies is by transforming them into a whole new treat, such as into truffles. Break up the cookies until you have a mixture of fine crumbs and then add a half of a package of cream cheese. Combine the ingredients well until the texture is that of cookie dough, and make sure that the cream cheese is also mixed throughout the dough evenly. Roll it into small balls, place them onto a cookie sheet, and leave them in the refrigerator for only about 10 minutes until they’ve hardened. Then all you have to do is melt your favorite chocolate chips and dip the balls into the chocolate. Place them in the refrigerator again to harden, and then enjoy.

Make a Cookie Crust

If you have a few stale cookies that you don’t want to throw away, you can transform them into a delicious cookie crumb crust for a tasty pie. All you have to do is crumble the stale cookies and then add a couple of tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar, along with 4 tablespoons of melted butter so you can then pack this mixture into a pie pan. Line this with foil and then bake it for just 10 minutes at 400°F before removing the foil and baking until the crust is lightly brown for about 8 more minutes.

Make Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are a delicious cold treat, and you can make them yourself with stale cookies. Simply put about an inch of ice cream between a couple of cookies, wrap them well and leave them in the freezer. The ice cream’s moisture will end up softening the cookies.

Make a Pudding

Finally, if you soften some broken, stale cookies in some milk, you can then fold them into some pudding and transform it into a sweet cookie pudding treat.

As you can see, there’s absolutely no reason to throw out cookies just because they’ve become stale. Try the tricks above to make stale cookies delicious again.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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