I made chocolate-chip cookies from a store-bought mix. I followed all of the directions and added the ingredients as directed. All I had to add was one egg and a 1/2 cup of softened butter.

I put the batch in for the recommended amount of time, at the recommended temperature (375F), but wasn't paying attention when I took them out. When I came back to check on them after they had cooled, I realized they were undercooked and still very doughy.

Is there anything I can do to salvage them? Should i pop them back in the oven for a while or toss them?

  • You may also want to get an oven thermometer, and confirm your oven isn't running cool.
    – derobert
    Apr 9, 2014 at 8:49
  • @derobert It is an old oven, beat up oven in an outdated house we rent so that is likely the problem. I will look into that, thanks!
    – Nicole Rae
    Apr 9, 2014 at 14:43
  • Second on the oven thermometer. Baking is just applied chemistry, so everything has to be right for consistent results. You may have to 'recalibrate' your temp gauge once you see what temperatures are working. Once you have that down, get an old pizza stone or fire-place brick and place it at the bottom of your oven. It will take a little longer to heat up, but it will also help retain the heat if you are opening and closing the oven for multiple batches of cookies.
    – JSM
    Jun 5, 2014 at 17:27

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Undercooked cookies are still edible, don't toss them! Some people prefer chocolate chip cookies underdone, but you can't know for sure that the egg has fully cooked (although that wouldn't bother me one bit unless the source was shaky). If you must have them crisper, or if the remote possibility that the egg is unsafe concerns you, then yes, go ahead and put them back in the oven. They probably won't be as good as if they were perfectly timed to begin with, but it'll work.

  • Are they still safe to eat?
    – Nicole Rae
    Apr 9, 2014 at 1:35
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    I can't say with absolute certainty that the egg in undercooked cookies will be safe, although undercooked eggs don't make me the slightest bit nervous. If you cook the cookies to crispness, then yes, they will be safe to eat.
    – Jolenealaska
    Apr 9, 2014 at 1:51
  • I put them back in for a few minutes and they seem fine now. Thank you. :) I do enjoy moist, chewy cookies, but these were like eating warm raw dough. :p
    – Nicole Rae
    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:52
  • I'm glad you didn't throw them away! :)
    – Jolenealaska
    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:53

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