How to bake the perfect healthy cookie, every single time

Struggle to make your healthy cookies the right mix of chewy and crunchy? Adding this one step to your baking routine can help.

Whether you’re craving high-protein vegan cookies, a fresh batch of coconut cookies or some refreshing lemon cookies, there’s one thing we can all agree on: cookie texture is key. You don’t want something too hard, and you don’t want something too soft – a cookie that meets right in the middle is what our tastebuds demand.

But how many times have you taken your cookies out of the oven to find they’re over – or under – done? Too many to count, right? Sounds like you need this genius baking hack. Especially if COVID-19 has cranked your sweet tooth into overdrive.

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How to make perfect healthy cookies, every damn time

A step that’s usually reserved for not-so-healthy cookies, this hack can be used with healthier variations that use oat, coconut or almond flour as well. You can test it out with this simple four-ingredient recipe. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1

This isn’t hard – just make your cookie dough as per your recipe.

Step 2

Use an ice-cream scoop (or a tablespoon) to scoop out small balls of cookie dough and place them in a container on some baking paper. You can also shape your dough into a roll and wrap it in baking paper.

Step 3

This is the magic step. Are you ready? Put your dough in the freezer! It’s that simple. Now, when you want to bake your cookies, you simply grab a couple of balls out of the fridge – or slice off some dough from your roll – and pop it in the oven.

Why does freezing help?

Here’s the thing – unless your dough has sufficient time to chill (this step is usually done in the fridge), you won’t get that chewy, crunchy texture. When you cool the dough, you stop the cookies from spreading too thin, which means they’ll have more height, and you also allow the flour to hydrate, allowing for a richer, gooey-er feel. Plus, by storing your dough in smaller portion sizes, you’ll also be able to take control of your snacking. It’s a win-win!