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The Cookie Perfection Machine

Ben Krasnow has fun with science. He likes to build things like the ruby laser, DIY Custom LCD or tongue mouse; cursor control with your mouse. On most days, what he writes doesn’t interest me but today is different. Ben has built the Cookie Perfection Machine where he is testing chocolate chip cookies, one at a time. Ben says in his blog, “This machine allows me to mix a single cookie and vary the recipe for each cookie on the sheet. Hence, I can test many different recipe variations with one batch of ingredients in one afternoon.”

Is this the best chocolate chip cookie you can make?
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Like all foods cookies, especially chocolate chips, have memories from childhood attached to them determining how you like them. Personally, you can leave out the nuts and bake them until they are medium, a little crispy with a chewy center.

Back in 1997, food scientist Shirley O. Corriher wrote in her cookbook, CookWise – the Hows & Whys of Successful Cooking an in depth chapter on cookies. The chapter focused on chocolate chip cookies with recipes for basic, thin, puffed and in between. Different fats and flours can make the same basic recipe. I wonder if Ben had found this book if he would have bothered with building the Cookie Perfection Machine but then, he wouldn’t have been able to eat his test results.

Raise your glass of milk to the perfect chocolate chip cookie. How do you like your chocolate chip cookies?

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