Monday, July 2, 2012

Dashboard cookies: Use your car as an oven

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Dashboard cookies!
  • Dashboard cookies!

So apparently this summer's temperatures will live up to the nickname Hotlanta, but just how hot is it going to be? Surely not hot enough to bake cookies in your car, right? I've always wondered if "dashboard cookies" are actually a plausible idea, and after some research it seems that apparently it can be done.

A couple of writers from actually did an experiment to see if they could bake cookies in a car on a hot summer day. This experiment, done in Illinois, was started on a morning when temps were already at 94 degrees. The experimenters took some Pillsbury cookies and placed them on a baking sheet on the dashboard.

The experiment started at 11:35 a.m. and by 12:45 p.m. the car's internal temperature was at 160 degrees, and the cookies were spreading and cooking like they would in the oven. By the end of the experiment, at 4:45 p.m., the car-oven was at 175 degrees and had baked the cookies. The team admitted they were a little doughy in the middle, but overall the cookies were "surprisingly not bad".

If you need some visual proof of this type of experiment, check out this terribly annoying reporter from Texas and her attempt at baking cookies in her car:

So if you're bored (or hungry) this week and want to brave this god-forsaken summer heat, you could try baking some cookies in your car, but this should also be a testament to not leaving animals or babies in cars. Baked cookies, good. Baked babies, bad.

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