Experiment in the kitchen
I don’t have any Nitrous acid and my beaker/Bunsen burner is packed away.
But I found a cookie recipe that seemed to call to my inner scientist: 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg = PB cookies? Seems unlikely to be a good cookie right?
I decided to go the way of Myth Busters and make them. I’m nothing if not up for an experiment. Let’s use the scientific method – it’s fun:
1. Define the question
Is the 1-1-1 recipe for PB cookies valid?
Possibly part of the recipe got forgotten? Or a cookie-crazed baker’s desperate act?
2. Gather information and resources (observe)
Okay, after digging around the internet, I have found at least two sources for this recipe:
3. Form hypothesis
I think there must be something good enough about this recipe that I find it in multiple places.
It doesn’t hurt that the recipe is gluten free, but I’m not certain these will taste very great.
I predict that something cookie-shaped, and tasting like PB will come out of the oven.
4. Perform experiment and collect data
Procured (from the pantry) the following items:
- 1 cup peanut butter (pick your favorite)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
Baked at 325 for 8-12 minutes.
5. Analyze data
After waiting the mandatory 30 seconds, I put one of the 1-1-1 experiment batch#001 samples into my mouth. See Figure-1.
Observer D did the same a few minutes later.
Figure-1. PB cookies Batch#001
Crispy on day 1. More soft and chewy on day 2 but still crunchy.
6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis
I think a graph or something would normally be included here. For the cookie experiment, that feels a bit much.
The fact that my boyfriend ate them vigorously, and that I liked them too equates to a valid recipe.
7. Publish results
Uh hem… done.
8. Retest (frequently done by other scientists)
Feel free! They really are good. I was surprised.