Chewy Chocolate Chip Dashboard Cookies!

August 18th, 2011 9:42 am by Kelly Garbato

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Dashboard cookies!

I made a batch last month – when the mercury was approaching 100 degrees – and completely forgot to post about it! Hopefully it’s still hot enough where you live so you can try it out if your tummy desires. Or maybe not? Hot, humid weather is the worst. But cookies make it more bearable. Especially if you use ’em to make ice cream sammies!

Anywho, dashboard cookies are exactly what they sound like: cookies baked on the dash of your car. It’s pretty simple; all you need is batch of vegan cookie dough, a sunny day that’s expected to hit at least 95 degrees F, an oven thermometer, some towels and a vehicle (duh!). Park your car directly in the sunlight (preferably first thing in the morning, so it heats up with the day) and, in the early afternoon, pop your cookies in to bake. Keep the car sealed up tight so as not to let any of the heat out and, after two to three hours, all the vegan cookies will be yours!

Sounds weird, but it really does work!

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Here’s a nifty little tutorial from howcast;

Snarky Vegan, who first tipped me off to the practice, has a nice how-to guide up, too. (Much more timely than me, she. And with a cleaner car! By which I mean a clean car.)

Last but not least, here’s the recipe I used. In a car or in an oven, it’s delish!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Dashboard Cookies

(Recipe courtesy of Compassion Over Killing.)

Ingredients

1 cup of softened soy margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces dairy-free chocolate chips

Directions

1. On a sunny day in which the temperature is expected to reach at least 95 degrees F, park your car in a sunny spot (i.e., one that is sunny and will stay sunny throughout the day) first thing in the morning. The front window should be facing the sun (or rather, where the sun will be positioned in the early afternoon). Be sure to place an oven thermometer on the dash so that you can monitor the temperature inside the car!

2. A little before noon – and assuming that the weather is still cooperating – prepare the cookie dough. In a large bowl, mix the margarine, sugar, and brown sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Slowly stir in the soy milk then add the vanilla to make a creamy mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add this dry mixture to the creamy mixture and stir well. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

3. Drop small spoonfuls onto greased, non-stick cookie sheets, or cookie sheets lined with aluminum foil.

4. Place the cookie sheets on your car’s dashboard, using a dark towel or other cover to protect your dash from damage. If your dash slopes forward like mine, you may need a small book or similarly sized object to even the surface out. If not, your cookies will slide forward! (Learn from my mistakes!)

5. Bake for two to three hours. A temperature of 180 degrees inside the car is ideal, but you can adjust your baking time accordingly. Don’t be afraid to check in at the two-hour mark. (But quickly! You don’t want to let too much heat escape into the ether!)

6. Be careful when removing the pans from your car. THEY WILL BE HOT! Potholders are a must.

7. Enjoy warm. Or cold! They’re you’re cookies, yo!

Happy not-baking, you little green cookie monster, you.

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