Disclaimer*** I wanted to do something really fun for this post and of course I manage to ruin it. Trust me, I am disappointed in myself you don’t need to remind me.
SOOOO anyway, this week I wanted to make an excuse to make cookies and eat as many as I could in one sitting so I decided to make it this weeks blog. So I’ve heard from many people that baking has to do with science and that was enough for me to decide to make chocolate chip cookies and talk about it! In the youtube video (actually a tedtalk) below, this is a video that talks about the science behind cookies because when you make the dough, put it in the oven with heat and poof you’ve got a cookie. It is kind of amazing if you ask me. Now I really ask you to take a look at the video because I cannot explain it better then they can so please take a look.
This next video is about the science behind the perfect cookie. I think it is interesting on slight variations of ingredients will completely change the cookie.
So anyway I wanted to share my experience with you because it was a complete fail yet, it was a learning lesson because science is not perfect. What I was expecting to happen…didn’t happen!
So as you can see in this awesome photo that I made the batter and of course I don’t actually follow the rules, that could be why I messed it up! But you will have to wait and see what I did wrong. But looking at this picture I added all of my ingredients but the batter still looks wet. (thats a hint) I didn’t think anything of it because it had been so long since I’ve made cookies. And yes, I
ate a lot of batter. But I do not recommend eating batter because you might get sick, I on the other hand was willing to take that risk. So anyways I am excited to put them into the over because fresh cookies is one of the best things to eat. So I load them up on the tray and pop them in the oven.
Side note** sorry the picture is flipped this way. But anyway after about 2 minutes I look into the oven and I freak out because these cookies should NOT be this size!!!! They are all touching when I clearly separated them with enough space to not touch! Then I thought “hmm maybe I put too many on a tray.” So I go back to the receipt and I triple check what I did and added and I CANNOT figure it out. So then I look at the measuring cups because I just couldn’t figure it out. After a few minutes of looking and analyzing the situation…..BOOM figured it out. I did not use the correct amount of flour. So the cookies turned out to be super thin because the butter to flour ratio was so off. I am still upset even writing about it, I want to cry because I wasted resources on failed cookies. This is me enjoying the cookie because they do taste good, but they don’t have that delicious look to them. These cookies are almost as thin as paper.
You can even see how thin they are in the picture!!!
So although it was a complete fail I am still happy to eat the cookies because they taste the same. The whole point to the post was to relate baking cookies to science because when people do investigations, we can guess all we want about the outcome but until we actually do it, then we see the outcome. In this case I made a mistake in the process and the outcome showed how much I messed up! I will be teaching elementary students one day and I think this would be really cool to do with students because it is not just science but I could incorporate science and literacy and even history. This is a simple task that makes someone a scientist and I want my students to see that they are a scientist everyday! They do science without realizing it.
****While I was making the cookies I had a great question, do you think it makes a difference if you have fresh eggs compared to store bought eggs?
Here are some articles that I like about cookies, please take a look and let me know what you think!!