I made chocolate-chip cookies from premade dough in my oven, air fryer, and microwave.
The microwaved cookies were quick and gooey and the oven-baked treats were flat and crispy.
The chunky, golden-brown air-fried cookies were the clear winner.
There's nothing more comforting than a warm chocolate-chip cookie to satisfy a sweet tooth but I recently began to wonder if the oven was the best appliance to use to make this treat.
I made chocolate-chip cookies in an oven, air fryer, and microwave to find out which appliance would yield the most delicious dessert. I've only ever made cookies in the oven, which is a relatively simple process, so I was eager to see how the other two methods would pan out.
Here's how each appliance stacked up.
I started by preparing frozen cookie dough and an ice cream scooper.
I knew I had to use my favorite premade chocolate-chip cookie dough: Nestle Toll House, which I found at Target for about $7. Once I got home, I immediately put the tub in my freezer and then waited about half an hour to use it.
According to its packaging, the 36-ounce tub of dough could be frozen for up to two months if placed in the freezer by its "use by" date. I knew I wasn't going to make an entire batch of cookies for the experiment so this seemed like the best option.
Plus, the premade dough meant less prep work and clean-up in the aftermath of the taste test.
I followed the label's instructions to make the oven-baked cookies.
I followed the details on the back of the tub, which said to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spoon two level tablespoon portions of chilled dough 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.
I took the easy route and used an ice-cream scooper to make the perfect cookie shape. I evenly spaced them onto the baking sheet and popped them in the oven. The whole process took about two minutes.
I let the cookies bake in the oven until they looked crispy.
Though the instructions said to bake the cookies for 12 to 13 minutes, I left them in for 15 minutes to yield a crunchier cookie.
I thought these cookies looked absolutely perfect when I took them out of the oven — they were round, golden, warm, and gooey. I couldn't wait to try them.
The shape, size, and smell of the oven-baked cookies were literal perfection.
Though I'd only ever made cookies in the oven, I was still shocked at how perfect these treats were.
They were soft and gooey on the inside with a crispy layer on the outside. The ratio of melted chocolate to the golden, crisp outer layer was heavenly. I loved how the edges were slightly crispier than the rest of the cookie.
I'm a fan of flat, thinner chocolate-chip cookies so this classic method of making the dessert didn't disappoint me at all.
Next, I scooped four balls of cookie dough onto my air-fryer tray.
Right off the bat, I was frustrated that my air-fryer tray limited me to making only four cookies. I think it's a wonderful appliance but it's not always practical when it comes to making larger portions.
I scooped four smaller balls of cookie dough onto my air-fryer tray, spacing them 2 inches apart from each other, and hoped for the best. I placed them in the air fryer at 360 degrees (I decided to increase the temperature for the smaller appliance) for 10 minutes.
I air-fried the cookies until they were a golden-brown color.
For all 10 minutes, I had my eyes glued to the air fryer. I'd never tried using this appliance to make a baked good so I was worried something would go awry.
The cookies didn't have as much room to expand on the air-fryer tray, so I could tell they wouldn't be as flat as the oven-baked ones.
Luckily, when the 10 minutes were up, I realized I had nothing to worry about. The finished cookies looked chunky, golden, and ready to eat.
The air-fried cookies were delicious.
The air-fried cookies weren't as round and flat as the oven-baked version but they were slightly chunkier and toastier, which I preferred. They had similar crispy outer layers like the oven-baked cookies and I was a huge fan.
The air fryer made the cookies perfectly crisp with a golden-brown, crunchy outer layer.
Though I typically prefer flat, thin cookies, these chunkier, crispier, more crumbly ones became my new favorite.
Lastly, I scooped out three balls of cookie dough to microwave.
I had no idea where to start with the microwave cookies. I was worried they'd undercook if I left them in for a shorter period of time or burn if I microwaved them for too long.
I decided to microwave them in one-minute intervals to monitor their crispiness.
Microwaving cookies was tricky.
Within three minutes, the microwaved cookies became extremely flat and I was worried they would burn. Though they looked pale in comparison to the oven-baked and air-fried cookies, I took them out and let them cool for an hour.
Out of the three batches, these were the least appetizing cookies to look at. They looked gooey, but not in a good way.
The microwaved cookies were a total failure.
The microwaved cookies were terrible so I wouldn't recommend trying this baking method. Even after an hour of cooling, they still felt gooey and chewy, like undercooked dough. They lacked crispiness and warmth and had weird air pockets.
As I ate, the cookies fell apart, but not in an appetizing, crumbly way. I'll never microwave cookies again, especially because they got stuck on my plate.
I'd also be cautious trying this method, too, since I'm not sure how much these actually cooked and you're not supposed to eat raw cookie dough.
After trying air-fried cookies, I'm never looking back.
Though I've always loved using an oven to bake cookies, the air fryer made the crispiest chocolate-chip treat. The golden-brown dessert stayed warm but crunchy with the perfect amount of melted chocolate.
Though the microwave method was the fastest, I hated the way the cookies turned out, making this the only method I wouldn't try again.
Next time I air-fry the treat, I'll try two cookies per tray to see if they form a more perfect shape. And I'd definitely add a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream to the final air-fried batch.
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