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here's a quick and easy way to make some store bought cookies feel a little more like the 'fresh out of the oven' cookies that many of us love. 

-true, these aren't a replacement for actual home made cookies.  however, if you don't have the time to bake some of your own and yet don't want to suffer through a crunchy crumbly version of a cookie that is more delicious when it is soft, then perhaps this is a viable option for you. 
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Step 1: Boil water

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of course there are several ways to go about this.  i used an electric kettle.

Step 2: Make a steam bath

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i put a vegetable steamer into a pot and pour the boiling water into the pot.  turn the range on to keep the water warm. 

Step 3: Add cookies

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place the cookie of your choice into the steamer.  (notice that the chocolate on these cookies doesn't glisten.)

i have not tried this process on cookies that are inherently crunchy, like oreos or ginger snaps, so i can't recommend it.  i tested this with some pepperidge farm, nantucket cookies and had good results.

Step 4: Cover & wait

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place a lid on the pot.


i waited somewhere between three and five minutes.  sorry i don't have an exact time, but i would bet that the time would vary depending on the density of the cookie.

Step 5: Check, remove & enjoy

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see the glistening chocolate?  they almost look like they've just finished their time in the oven. 

remove them carefully from the steamer.  (they may be prone to breaking)