Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: Carside cookies

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cooking with Kelly: Carside cookies

It was projected to be 109 degrees Fahrenheit today in Tucson. I've heard the expression "It's so hot, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk," but I'm not a big fan of eggs. Chocolate chip cookies, though, is another story. Harnessing the power of the sun, I attempted to make cookies on the dashboard of my car.

"Attempted" is the key here. I figured it would get up to 200 degrees in my car if I let it sit in the sun with the windows up. I "preheated" my car all afternoon, then placed a sheet of tinfoil on the dash with evenly-spaced cookie dough balls. This was the packaged kind, so all the work was done for me.

Nearly an hour and a half later, the butter was running out of the batter and the cookies were not set. It simply was not hot enough.

I will attempt again later in the week as the thermometer reaches 110. I will also be enlisting the help of a co-worker's thermometer to make sure my car reaches optimal temperature. I have faith this will work -- people use solar cooking all the time with fabulous, energy-efficient results.


Cynthia said...

I am waiting to see how this experiement turns out :)

Kelly thank you for visiting my blog and helping me to discover yours.

It's so cool you go to school in Chicago, my favourite US city :)

Hope to see you around at my place and your place.

WokandSpoon said...

Hehe - I'm interested to see if the cookies work out the next time you try this! have you tried frying the egg?

Betty Jo said...

This is very interesting! I'm wondering if the foil is reflecting heat "away" from the cookies. Perhaps try parchment paper next time.

KellytheCulinarian said...

I've tried fried eggs before on the pavement in Chicago, but not here. I think they'd get upset at work if I randomly put an egg in the parking lot.

I think I'll buy a real cookie sheet as well. Maybe that will make a difference.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi Kelly, Thanks for visiting my blog! What a cool experiment, I agree with Betty Joe that you should try again using baking parchment. Good Luck!

Chris V said...

I was about to say... I've cooked an egg on my parent's driveway once. It was my mom's idea.

Barbara said...

What a neat idea. I'm going to try it come summer.