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Wondering how you’re going to bake cookies in your toaster oven? The great thing about toaster ovens, is that they don’t exist solely for the purpose of toast. In fact, these mini ovens are great for baking almost anything. From potatoes to eggless cakes, you’ll find yourself addicted to the easily achievable, amazing and delicious results in no time.
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What’s so Great About a Toaster Oven?
Essentially, toaster ovens are typically a smaller version of traditional ovens, but with slight differences that are quite advantageous. These include:
- Less space taken up by the toaster oven in the kitchen
- Release less heat, keeping your kitchen cooler
- They use less power
- They cost less
- They cook foods faster
- They’re portable, allowing you to use them in multiple places
- No preheating time is needed, so you can save lots of time before baking.
Despite the greatness of these little instruments of joy, they are quite small, meaning that they are terrific for cooking or baking things in small batches. For instance, if you were planning to make a full roast turkey in the toaster oven, then you might have to cut it into smaller pieces so that it fits through the toaster oven doors, or opt for a regular oven.
Nevertheless toaster oven are fantastic alternatives to regular ovens, cooking anything that can possibly fit. From frozen pizza, to baked potato this little gadget won’t disappoint!
Can You Bake Cookies in a Toaster Oven?
Naturally, you may think that you’d need a full-sized oven to bake cookies, however this isn’t entirely necessary, especially when you’re in possession of a toaster oven. There isn’t much of a difference when baking cookies in a toaster oven compared to a regular oven. The only obvious changes required would be the amount of cookies you’ll be baking at a time. Where you’d have been able to bake the entire cookie doughs worth of cookies, you’d have to bake a little at a time when using a toaster oven.
A Bit About Cookies
Cookies are a much loved snack that have been around for a very long time. They can be filled with nuts, honey, chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanut butter and more. Cookies can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert, or crumbled and blended in a milkshake. You can get really creative, and add them to you bowl of ice cream for maximum deliciousness. And if you’re opting for a little healthier intake, you might choose to substitute the butter for margarine in your cookies.
What Types of Cookies Can I Bake in a Toaster Oven?
A toaster oven can be used to bake almost any type of cookie you can imagine. Although some cookies are better suited for this oven than others. For instance, thicker cookies like chocolate chip cookies work well in a toaster oven, whereas thinner cookies, such as sugar cookies, might not cook so amazingly in a toaster oven. Cookies can be categorised by the ingredients that are used to make them, with five main cookies to begin with:
- Sugar cookies – Made with sugar, butter and eggs
- Chocolate chip cookies – These cookies are made with chocolate chips, sugar, butter, eggs and flour
- Oatmeal cookies – Made with oatmeal, sugar, butter, eggs, and flour
- Peanut butter cookies – These delicious cookies are made with peanut butter, sugar, butter, eggs, and flour
- Gingerbread cookies – Heavily potent flavoured gingerbread cookies are made with gingerbread spices (ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg), sugar, butter, eggs and flour.
How to Make Cookie Dough?
Cookie dough is always the best part when making cookies, the tempting flavours that combine wonderfully together, taste absolutely wonderful, even before these little balls of delicious cookie dough have met their ultimate fate. To make the cookie dough you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and stir well until they’ve blended into a smooth consistency. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined.
Shape the dough into a ball, then place plastic wrap over the mixture and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
How to Bake Cookies in a Toaster Oven?
Cookies are a classic and delicious dessert, that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Cookies can be baked in a variety of ways, with a variety of impeccable recipes for them. Apart from using a regular oven to bake a huge batch of cookies, here’s how to bake them in a toaster oven:
- Preheat your toaster oven to the desired temperature, or set your oven to the “bake” setting
- Place the cookies on a baking sheet, taking care not to have them sat too close to each other as this will prevent them from baking differently. Depending on how many cookies you plan to bake, you might have to bake them in batches, as the entire cookie dough’s worth may not fit.
- Bake the cookies for the recommended amount of time, checking them every so often.
- Allow the cookies to cool down, before devouring them
If you’re on the lookout for a quick and simpler way of baking cookies, then the toaster oven is the best option for you.
Other Tasty Toaster Oven Recipes
Toaster ovens are great for baking classic desserts like cookies, a common favourite amongst many late-evening dessert lovers, although we aren’t limited to its gorgeous, deep and chocolatey depth, there are other divine, simple and delicious delights for you to try. Using your toaster oven for each recipe, will have these fun, and tasty desserts ready in time for you and your family to enjoy!
- Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
A cute littler version of the normal sized carrot cake baked in a toaster oven, provides the same delicately, fluffy flavours that we all know and love. With a brilliantly moist texture, it’ll easily serve 2 to 4 people depending on the size of the slices.
You’ll need one large or 2 small carrots, peeled and grated using the large holes of a box grater. Always grate your own carrots, and avoid the pre-shredded carrots you might find at the supermarket.
You can successfully bake a carrot cake from a variety of flours which include: white whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and gluten-free baking flour.
Additionally, mixing in some of your favourite dried fruits, could make this cake go from delicious, to irresistible. Try chopped pineapple, raisins, nuts and coconut, keeping the total amount to a 1/4 cup or less.
You’ll want to bake the cake at 375F, until a toothpick inserted in its centre emerges clean or with a few crumbs attached. Take a look at the ingredients and method below:
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 small carrots peeled and grated
- Adjust the toaster oven cooking rack to the bottom, selecting “bake” and preheating to 325F
- Coat a 6 x 2 inch round pan with non-stick cooking spray or oil
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
- In a large bowl whisk the egg, oil, applesauce, and brown sugar until well combined. Stir in the carrot and any dried nuts or fruits of your choice
- Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture, stirring until combined, with no signs of flour in sight
- Pour the batter into a prepared tin, smooth the top and lightly pat the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles
- Bake until the top is springy and a toothpick inserted in the centre emerges clean or with a few crumbs, this should take around 20 to 25 minutes
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully remove it from the pan and onto a wired rack to cool completely before frosting (optional)
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake
This toaster oven chocolate fudge cake recipe is so simple and turns out amazing every time. This moist, supple cake tastes even more delicious when topped with slices of fruit, ice cream or whipped cream. Bake these to serve as a dessert at a party, with a cup of your favourite beverage for a beautiful tasty end to your meal.
- 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 5 tbsp butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- Set the toaster oven to “bake” and preheat at 400 degrees
- Line the bottom of 4 individual pans with parchment paper and lightly spray the sides with cooking oil. Place the prepared pans on a quarter sheet pan or another size that fits in your toaster oven. Your toaster oven might not be big enough to fit all 4 tins, so you may need to bake them in batches of 2.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, making sure the chocolate has melted with no visible lumps
- Once it has melted, remove the chocolate from the microwave and set it aside
- While the chocolate is cooling, beat the eggs on medium-low until frothy, then beat at an increased speed until they’re light and fluffy, tripling in volume
- Stir in the flour and espresso powder into the chocolate mixture
- Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture
- Pour the batter, dividing it evenly between the four mini pans and bake for 15 minutes. The top should be firm and the middle soft like mousse while the outer edges are firm
- Cool the cake in the pans for 30 minutes before removing, allowing it to chill in the fridge slightly before serving.
Red Velvet Cupcake
If you’re a fan of red velvet cakes, then you’re going to love these mini, cute red velvet cupcakes. These delicious, ruby red gems of wonder are sure to become a favourite in your household. Bake them for a fun weekend dinner with your family, and you only need a toaster oven! You’ll need:
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1/4 cup plus tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 tbsp buttermilk
- 2 tsp red food colouring
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the toaster oven to 350F
- Line a cupcake tray with 4 cupcake liners
- Sift the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, whisk the ingredients together
- In another bowl combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and red food colouring
- Add the wet ingredient to the dry and gently mix the batter to combine, do not over mix or beat as the cake can toughen up
- Pour the batter almost to the top into the prepared cake pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are firm in the centre.
- Once you’re satisfied with the texture, remove them from the toaster oven and replace them onto a cooling rack, until cold.
- Decorate them with some cream cheese frosting
- Then store these delicious cupcakes in the fridge
Cookies in a Toaster Oven
Baking cookies in a toaster oven is fairly simple, just follow the recipe to create delicious, mouth watering cookies oozing with gooey, chocolatey heaven.
How do You Bake Cookies in a Toaster Oven?
Set your toaster oven to 300F on the “bake” setting, then place the cookies on an unbaked sheet pan and add it to the toaster oven. There’s no need to pre-heat, just press start and the cookies should emerge warm, with gooey chocolate centres in a matter of minutes.
Can You Bake With a Toaster Oven?
Yes, you can bake anything you like in a toaster oven, providing that it is small enough to fit through the opening!
Can I Put Cookie Dough in the Toaster Oven?
Yes absolutely, cookie dough can be placed in a toaster oven. But before that, always make sure that the parchment paper you intend to use is compatible with toaster ovens.