What You Need To Know About Cooling Cookies On A Baking Sheet

The earliest known appearance of cookie-like desserts first appeared in 7th century Persia, according to What's Cooking America. After that, the site states that one of the earliest known cookbooks — Thomas Dawson's "Goode Huswife's Jewel" — featured a square short-cookie recipe. Immigrants brought over their cookies and recipes to America in the late 1600s, where they quickly became a popular dessert, per What's Cooking America.

Now, we have seemingly infinite possibilities when it comes to these sweet treats. Whether you prefer the classics (like chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, and sugar cookies) or something a little more funky (like maple bacon, or even a cookie lasagna), there is a flavor for everyone. Home-baked cookies are one of life's little joys, between the sweet-smelling kitchen air to your first bite into a warm cookie. In order to get the perfect batch every time, it is important to pay attention to how well-done your cookies are as you take them out of the oven and when the baking process actually stops.

Cut off the cooking time

Once your cookies have finished baking and you've pulled them out of the oven, you'll want to stop the cooking process by transferring them to a cooling rack, reports Eat This, Not That. The site states that by leaving your cookies on the baking sheet (which will still be hot from the oven), you allow that heat to cook the bottoms of the cookies for a little longer.

BakingHow states that while leaving them on the sheet isn't guaranteed to burn your cookies, you should transfer them if you are concerned about overcooking, particularly if they are already well-done when they come out of the oven. The site suggests that you should let cookies sit on the sheet for around five minutes to let them solidify a little before transferring them to a cooling rack to finish cooling down. Of course, if you prefer a crispier bottom to your cookie, leaving them to cool on the baking sheet may be the way to go. Whatever you prefer, once your cookies have completely cooled, go ahead and enjoy your freshly baked sweets.