How Do You Know When Chocolate Cookies Are Finished Baking?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: How can you tell when chocolate cookies are ready? For light-colored cookies (chocolate chip, sugar, etc.), I know they’re ready when they’re just slightly golden at the edges, but you don’t have that visual clue with chocolate cookies. Any suggestions?

Sent by Julie

Editor: Excellent question, and something I just recently faced myself with a batch of gingerbread cookies. When color isn’t a clue, I usually go by feel. I pull the cookies from the oven when the edges of the cookies feel dry and set, but the middles are still soft and slightly puffy.

Readers, do you have other ways to tell when dark-colored cookies are done?