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Car cookies

So today I baked cookies in my car, given that the temp was 102 F (38.8 C) outside.

I started with a block of cookie dough from the fridge section at the store. You know the kind (if you're in the US), it's a brick scored into 20 pieces, you break them out onto a cookie sheet and bake them, for when you're too rushed or lazy to make your own or buy the tube of dough. Anyway. I broke out 12 pieces. Put them on parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet (this part is important). I flattened them a bit with the heel of my hand.

Put the cookie sheet on the dashboard of the elderly Nissan in the driveway about 11:15 AM. Not the hottest part of the day yet but it was definitely in full sun and would be for several more hours.

While the temp inside a car can get lethal to people and pets, at ~175 degrees (YMMV) it takes a long time to bake cookies. But at four hours in (3:15 PM) I took them out. CAUTION: TRAY IS HOT. Use an oven mitt like I did.

The "low and slow" method does not lead to crispy cookies, at least not off this dough. They're cooked all the way through but are definitely soft and almost need a fork. I flipped some of these over getting them from the cookie sheet because they're so soft. But they're done and they taste good!

Yes, they still look moist, too. I have enough pieces that I might try again tomorrow and go for 5 hours. It's also possible that a plain cookie dough, without nuts or chocolate or other additions, might cook better.

Then I mentioned making a pizza on the engine block and Huxrin looked at me like I'd lost my mind.

However - this might be a good way for meringues? Heh. I honestly don't know - I know they have to have the "low and slow" but I'm not sure if a car would have low enough humidity for them. Might be worth a test.

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Jul. 24th, 2018 05:27 pm (UTC)

Srsly, those look really good! Then again, I'm a cookie freak.
Jul. 24th, 2018 05:44 pm (UTC)
I left some uncovered overnight and they firmed up very nicely. Still tasty. :9

The temps are only in the 90s now so I might not attempt it again for a few days. But it definitely works. I would not recommend it for a big batch, though, considering it takes 3-4 hours per batch. Even if you somehow got 4 cookie sheets in your car windows, it's still a long time.
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