Cookies are delicious. They are a dessert that is a favorite among many. When it comes to baking cookie dough, it can be a challenge, especially if you make your cookie dough from scratch. It is much easier to make cookies when you buy your cookie dough from the store. This cookie dough, however, is frozen. Many of us choose to heat our dough in the oven to make cookies, but some may wonder if you can cook your dough in the microwave.
You can microwave cookie dough. While you cannot make as many cookies all at once in the microwave as you can in the oven, using the microwave to make cookies can be an easy way to make some warm and delicious cookies. It is also safe to make cookies by using the microwave to cook your cookie dough.
Continue reading to learn more about using your microwave to cook your cookie dough. Also, continue reading to learn some benefits and drawbacks of cooking your cookie dough in this manner.
What Happens If You Microwave Cookie Dough?
Microwaving your cookie dough may take less time when it comes to actually baking in the cookie dough. The heat will warm the dough, and the dough will expand to form the disk shape that we associate with cookies.
You do not want to put your cookie dough in the microwave for too long however. If you put the dough in for too long, it can become hard and any candies or chocolate bits that are in the cookie dough can melt rather than staying whole. Using the microwave to cook your cookie dough is considered to be a safer way to eat the dough rather than eating it raw.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Microwaving Your Cookie Dough
Microwaving your cookie dough is not the most common method that is used to make cookies. Most use a conventional oven, which is the method that most manufacturers of cookie dough recommend. This does not mean that you cannot use the microwave to cook your cookie dough. Once the dough thaws, you can use the oven or the microwave to cook your dough.
There are both benefits and drawbacks that can come with cooking your cookie dough in the microwave.
There are some benefits when it comes to cooking cookie dough in the microwave. The biggest benefit is that the cookies will be cooked in less time when you use the microwave. It can take the oven a while to heat up, but it does not take much time for the microwave to heat up the cookie dough.
Some other benefits include:
- Helps to cook the eggs in the dough
- Makes the dough safe to eat
- Can help melt the butter in the cookie dough which can make the cookies taste better
While there are some benefits that come with cooking cookie dough in the microwave, there are some drawbacks that you should be aware of before you choose to use the microwave to cook your cookie dough.
The biggest drawback that can come with using the microwave to cook cookie dough is that the cookies will be very flat. While cookies are known to be flat on the bottom, cookies that are made using the microwave tend to be flat on both the bottom and the top. This can take away from the texture of the cookie.
Some other drawbacks include:
- It can take a while for the cookies to cool completely
- The cookies can be dry and crumbly
- They can be overcooked or undercooked very easily
- The cookies can have a texture that is rubbery or tough
- The cookies may not taste as good as they would have if they were cooked using an oven
How to Properly Microwave Cookie Dough
Microwaving your cookie dough is an acceptable method to use to make cookies. It can be difficult to know exactly how long you should keep your cookie dough in the microwave for it to cook. Due to this, you can easily overcook or undercook your cookie dough.
You do not want to undercook or overcook your cookie dough as this can make the cookies taste bad or make it difficult to eat your cookies. Below you will find the steps you need to follow in order to properly microwave your cookie dough as well as some tips you can use in order to ensure that your cookies are properly cooked.
Here are the steps you should follow in order to properly cook your cookie dough using the microwave.
- You want to place enough dough to make one cookie on a plate
- You want to position the plate in the center of the microwave in order to ensure that the dough is evenly heated
- Cook the cookie dough on high heat for 20 seconds
- After the 20 seconds has passed, check your dough
- If the dough is not burning, cook the dough for another 20 seconds
- Get the dough out of the microwave
- Let the cookie cool completely before you eat it
Here are some tips that you can use in order to ensure that you cook your cookie dough properly using the microwave.
- You want to let your cookie dough sit for a few minutes after getting it out of the microwave. It may not look done at first, but it will once it cools.
- Do not use a metal tray to cook your cookie dough; it is best to use a plate that is microwave-safe.
- Keep an eye on your dough as it cooks. Some microwaves can take longer to cook your cookie dough compared to others.
- It is best to incorporate any candies or chocolates after the dough has been cooked but before it cools. Some add-ins do not react well when cooked in the microwave.
Cookies are a delicious treat, but they can take a while to cook in the oven. Luckily, it is safe for you to cook your dough in the microwave. You want to make sure that you follow the instructions above in order to prevent the dough from being undercooked or overcooked.