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The Benefit Of Taking Cookies Out Of The Oven Early
According to Cook's Illustrated, the key to achieving a chewy texture in your cookies is simply to take them out a bit earlier than you normally would. Don't bother timing it down to the minute, just pull them out when the edges on the cookies are lightly browned but not fully golden and the crevices are still slightly moist.
However, to prevent ending up with raw cookie dough in the process, Southern Living recommends letting your cookies cool right on the baking pan instead of on a separate cooling rack. Doing so for one to two minutes will allow the slightly underbaked cookies to firm up from the residual heat of the hot pan.
If they're still more on the raw side, preheat your oven to about 300 or 325 degrees Fahrenheit, then add the cookies in for 10 to 15 minutes at most, depending on how underbaked they were. The lower than normal baking temperature will suck out additional moisture and heat it just enough so the dough cooks through but still remains chewy.