Dashboard Cookies

I woke up Friday wishing something I never thought I would:  I needed it to be at least 100F in Austin.   You see, later in the afternoon I would be utilizing the scorching Texas sun and my frustratingly hot black car to bake 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies the greenest way I know – on my car dashboard.

According to my research, the slice-and-bake cookie is the best, as drop cookies do not cook very evenly.  Rather than buying Pillsbury, I made my own dough, then rolled it into a log and refrigerated it overnight.

Car-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg (free range)
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg, followed by flour mixture and chocolate chips.  Place dough on a large sheet of wax paper and roll into a log approximately 11-inches long by 2.5-inches wide. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or overnight.


Lucky for me, the next day Austin got up to about 97 around 2pm.  I sliced out my cookies (they ended up a little oblong), put them on wax paper, then placed them on the dashboard with oven mits keeping them  lifted (not sure what hot metal would do to my dashboard – better safe than sorry).


One hour later, they had started to get a little soft around the edges:


3.5 hours later, they were done! They were a little crispy around the edges and soft in the center.  They slid a little on the wax paper, which my research told me was a good sign.  They won’t brown, as the sugar doesn’t caramelize during this particular baking process.


And they were delicious!  We were having friends over for dinner later that night, so I ended up making ice cream sandwiches for a quick and summery dessert.


Enjoy a new appreciation for Texas summers — bake green cookies!


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Austin, Texas
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8 Responses to Dashboard Cookies

  1. Lyssa says:

    This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. You are awesome! Now let’s figure out if I can back vegan Dashboard Cookies …

  2. Kristin says:

    Great idea! Love your blog … I’m adding you to my google reader 🙂

  3. TheRebecca says:

    This is great! So creative. Much better than the “can you fry an egg on the sidewalk?” idea. This is actually appetizing.


  4. sarah says:

    This makes me almost sorry the weather here has become cooler. If it heats up, the boys and I will have to try this. Although I’ll be more than happy to file this recipe for next year if it doesn’t!

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