Have you ever seen a photo like this? Someone crazy enough to try to bake on the dashboard of their car…I’ve always wondered if that really works! We’re in the middle of a major heatwave in Sacramento – it’s been over 100°F over 5 days in a row, so I figured now is a good time as any to give it a try.
I tried it out one day, starting mid-afternoon, thinking it would only take the cookies an hour or 2 to bake through, and ended up leaving them in until 7pm. After 5 hours, the tops of the cookies were crisp, but the bottoms were still undercooked. Honestly, I love an undercooked cookie, so I was happy, but I wanted to tweak a few things and try again to see if I could get them to cook all the way through.
I gave it another go and came out with fully cooked, crispy cookies! Baking cookies on your car dashboard is definitely possible. You just have to do a few things to ensure they bake all the way through. Lucky for you, you can learn from my mistakes and get it right on the first try.
Next time it’s forecasted to be over 100°F (even if it’s over 95°F it might work, see tip #4 below), make your favorite cookie recipe as normal (here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which includes a tip on how to make them look picture perfect) and follow my tips below:
On my first attempt, I put the cookie dough in the car at 2pm, thinking that was plenty of time. By 5 hours later, the sun was starting to go down in the sky and the car wasn’t in full sunlight. I recommend starting by noon, as the heat begins to peak, and checking the cookies every hour or so, and more often after 3 hours. It will take a total of 3-5 hours, depending on how hot it is outside and if you follow steps 2 & 3.
2. Use small amounts of cookie dough
3. Don’t line the baking sheet
Do you have any other questions? Leave a comment below! Happy baking 🙂