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favor-“ette”: a baked goods tip

So do you ever find yourself baking late at night, and then wondering what to do about that still-warm sheet of cookies/pan of brownies/tin of pie?

Go to bed.

It’s ill-advised to cover hot or warm baked goods using traditional wrappings (plastic, tin foil, etc.). Steam and/or condensation will form – even if there’s just a bit of warmth emanating – and this will result in soggy cookies/brownies/pie. Sad face.

dish towel over warm baked goods

What you CAN do is use a clean dish towel – simply drape it over your pan or sheet. Your baked goods will stay fresh overnight, and no worries about steam forming.

This tip is so second-nature to me that it’s taken me till now to realize that some of you may not know it (#oops).

My Grandma Fay taught me this one (like she taught me pretty much everything I know about baking), and it works perfectly (click here and here for two more uses for kitchen towels)!

dish towel over warm baked goods

Oh – and look for those brownies later this week – it’s the last popsicle of the season (welp) and it’s a good one!

Did you know that I have Pinterest boards with all of my “favor-ettes” and kitchen tips? Check ’em!


  1. Ross Grandel on December 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    So I always thought one removes baking from the pan and covers it with a towel. Is this also an acceptable overnight option? I did it with banana bread. I might put the bread back in the pan now.

    • sherisilver on December 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Yes – either works! If you can get it out of the pan, perfect. And cover with the towel if it’s still not completely cool by the time you need to leave the kitchen. No need to put it back in the pan! 🙂

  2. Mikayla R Lewis on February 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you, I’m so tired, my brownies are still hot, and this article is exactly what I was looking for exactly when I needed it. Bless you oh my gosh, I’m so tired

    • sherisilver on February 14, 2018 at 7:09 am

      We’re SO TIRED!!!! Glad I could help (can’t tell you how many times this is me…..) 🙂

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