Why does putting a piece of bread in a container of cookies allow the cookies to stay soft while only the piece of bread hardens?

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My baker friend taught me this trick. I’m mystified and don’t understand how it works.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

The air will essentially suck out some of the moisture of the cookies and bread to equilibrate somewhat over time–meaning they go stale. Bread has a lot of surface area, so the moisture gets pulled out of that first, and it equilibrates much faster *without* pulling moisture out of the cookies nearly so much.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Think of it like a cookie-hospital. The bread is the brave volunteer donating its moisture to keep the cookie patients soft and yummy!

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Bread’s job application: Moisture lifeguard. Cookies’ job application: Crumbly crunch providers. Outcome: Moisture-rich, soft cookies and a hardworking, hardened piece of bread.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The bread has more moisture than the cookies do. Bread that is as moist as a cookie feels dried out because it usually has more. Cookies with as much moisture as bread tend to crumble and fall apart.

Stick the bread in the cookie jar and the moisture in the bread helps keep the moisture level in the jar higher than what is needed for the cookies to be moist, but it’s still drying out compared to the typical moisture level of the bread.