L’sTiF: Scrambled Cookies

Have y’all been to Pintester yet? It’s Sonja Foust, doing wonderful, hilarious things with pins from Pinterest. Basically, it’s Try-It Friday on steroids, any day of the week, and with hilarious results, usually because a recurring theme is, “I didn’t have what the recipe called for, so I used what I had around the house,” which is often a packet of Kool-Aid and a bottle of grain alcohol. It cracks me up every time, because she’s hilarious, and because her substitutions are cute, creative and sometimes only tangentially related to what the recipe called for. (“Recipe called for oranges. I have orange liqueur! Cheers!”) But she keeps truckin’ through, with no ego, and ends up doing some really fun things and being tots adorbs as she does them.

So, keep that in mind as I tell you: This recipe to bake cookies without an oven? I Fousted it.

First things first; I didn’t make the recipe. But I had some pre-made cookie dough in the fridge, so I went with that.

What? That’s totally healthy. All natural ingredients and stuff.

Second things second; I didn’t use the pan. But I saw that she called for 375 degrees, so that’s what I set my countertop griddle to.

And there’s my little helper, Light, who did not lick her fingers at any time during this experiment. I mean that sincerely, although it comes off as sarcastic. But seriously, you should have seen the willpower on this kid.

Third things third… well, I’m gonna let the pictures tell the rest of the story, except the part they can’t tell; that the apartment smelled like burnt marshmallows for a few days.

First, be sure you have a spatula with a Happy Face. Nothing says, “What could possibly go wrong?” more than a happy face.

Next, put cookies on a super-hot surface that only cooks one side, but it cooks that one side veryfast. Veryfast is very important if you want your house to smell like burnt marshmallows for three days.

Then, try to flip the cookies that are already burning on the bottom, but essentially liquid on the top (btw, for those of you playing at home, this is physically impossible), while saying, “It says you’re supposed to cook them like pancakes, and wait for the bubble, but I think these things will burst into flame before there are bubbles so… screw it. I’m flipping now.”

Next step: Watch helplessly as your little countertop griddle is pretty much destroyed.

Put it on a plate for your delighted children, who declare it the best dessert EVER and dub it, “Scrambled Cookies.”

Eat it with your delighted children anyway because we are not a family that throws out cookie dough, even if half of it is uncooked and the other half is burned. What are we, savages?

As your delighted child says, “This would go great on ice cream next time!” you chuckle and say nothing, knowing there will be no next time.

And in the tradition of the Foust, I give you this final word on Scrambled Cookies:

25 thoughts on “L’sTiF: Scrambled Cookies

  1. stephanie says:

    well, um. they are scrambled:)
    I think the ‘oven’ part of your experiment is missing though. you know, the part where she covered the pan. that created the “baking” part of the equation. but as long as they were tasty and y’all didn’t mind the after-smell.

    I gotta tell you, I love pinterest but this is one of those things I would never have bothered with – but that’s the great thing about pinterest. There is something for everyone. My pinterest account is full of quirky ways to do things but I don’t mess with baked items. I have things like: how to make sidewalk chalk and colored blackboard paint, crockpot marinara, pretzel recipes, baked crab rangoon [for joy – because this is her newest love!], and just about every chicken nugget recipe imaginable. Soon I’ll be looking around for more apple recipes. I have half a box of apples from our CSA and these monsters are HUGE!

  2. Hmmm…. I rarely if ever make cookies even in the usual way but I’m sitting here thinking that that might have worked better if your griddle weren’t so hot 🙂

    I happen to like the smell of burnt marshmallows and I’m sure your kids were right – looks like a totally awesome ice cream topping / base!

  3. I’m not sure I’d have had the fearlessness to eat that. 🙂 But I could probably stand the smell of burnt marshmallows. I like the spatula — who doesn’t like happy cooking implements? Thank you for trying out the scrambled cookies for us so we don’t have to. Kind of like MythBusters.

  4. My mom used to say that she burned things on purpose because she liked the taste of charcoal.

    those cookies aren’t burnt. They are just nicely browned. Burnt is when they are so hard you could build a house with them.

  5. Lulu says:

    Maybe flattening them on the griddle when first placing them might have helped them cook through more evenly?

    I’d try this. Srsly. On a cooler, greasier griddle, probably too.

    How about packing the dough into a slow cooker & setting it to low? Possible result: giant bar cookie.

    I like adventures in cooking — sounds like you all enjoyed this adventure, too!

  6. Redwood Kim says:

    That looks like So. Much. Fun.

    Imma bake some cookies with my kids today. I can’t eat them, but they’ll have fun!

  7. Now I need to go buy a countertop griddle so I can have scrambled cookies. Except I think Stephen changed all my passwords so I can’t shop until the cold medicine wears off. So I’ll just sit here and drool. That’s totally not due to the Nyquil, I swear.

  8. I will be catching up on this blog all weekend. Thank you for the link! I’m tempted to try this cookie thing so it’s probably good I don’t have one of those griddle things.

    Think you could use a George Foreman Grill??

  9. Cindy says:

    I so want to show this to my 12-year-old daughter. But she will want to make them. And I can’t, because if my house smells like burnt marshmallows for 3 days, my 16-year-old will die. But first she’ll kill the rest of us. 🙂

    Sounds like you had so much fun making these!!

  10. Lulu, you’ve got it. Cool the griddle, and put some butter down, and I think it might work. 🙂

    But I also like your idea about the Giant Bar Cookie. NEW TIF! 🙂

  11. Kat, we were! Alastair plays the guitar, and the kids love to sing, so we gather ’round sometimes and just play and sing together. It’s very fun, and he’s amazing both at playing and singing. 🙂 Very fun!

  12. Oh, poor baby. Just be sure to keep the temp low and cook them slowly. That’s where I made my mistake, I think. Well, one of my mistakes. 🙂

  13. Cindy, low temps are the key, I think. I can’t try it again because we can’t afford to buy a new griddle every week, but I think that would make it work. Of course, I could try it in a frying pan… 🙂

  14. My BFF says her hubby makes cookies on their outdoor grill (along with everything else — their kitchen is, apparently, a candidate for a year-long-episode of Renovation Realities). I have no clue *how* he does this, but it just goes to show, when it comes to cookies I guess there’s always a way. Or something.

  15. Micki says:

    This is always a problem for ex-pats because ovens are not standard issue with a Japanese kitchen. I’ve heard stories of people trying to make chocolate chip cookies in fry pans, in toaster ovens, on a grill . . . . Usually very sad, very black stories (-:.

    Then people will buy a microwave/convection oven combo, and try to bake cookies — four at a time — which takes HOURS! But hey . . . sometimes you really need a cookie.

    Crepes, on the other hand, work very well on a fry pan or griddle.

    I have to say, GMTA — I thought those cookies would go great on/under ice cream (-:.

    Very fun post (-:.

  16. Marta says:

    That would go fabulously with custard. I know what I’m saying, because that’s what I’m eating right now. Cookies that were supposed to be chewy and turned out very tasty and also very hard ;P So I grinded them to crumbles and put into my microwave with some custard. Delicious!

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