Science Sunday: burned cookies

Science Sunday


I apologize I just don’t have the post done, and I thought the pictures were uploaded, but these past few days have been so busy that I apparently haven’t gotten them on yet.  Hey, I got it kinda done, so ignore that last sentence.


And yes, that blurry stuff in the photo is smoke pouring out of my oven.  It’s really rather depressing, I had such great plans for the snacks.  I was actually going to make cute themed snacks.


I know, it’s a shocker.


So, here’s my question for you.  I have some cookies that are burned into charcoal.  I tossed most of them, but kept a few because I’m sure there’s a science lesson in there somewhere.


What do you think, how can I turn my horrible cooking error into a science lesson?  Also, this is a great lesson not to get distracted while baking…….


Now, I’m off to bed, and I’ll finish Sunday School preparations in the morning.  I’m so disorganized this week.

7 thoughts on “Science Sunday: burned cookies

  1. Oh, that's too bad about the cookies. I don't have any advice on the lesson, but I would bet that Leah (or someone else) does. I'll have to come back and check.

  2. The black stuff is carbon caused by the carbohydrates heating and breaking down into it's seperate molecules. I am not sure what lesson you could do from this, but it is one way molecules change.

  3. I suppose you could make a good batch, and a doughy batch, and use all three for comparison – then, dealing with irreversible change, as the others said, you could try to “fix” the doughy cookies by baking them longer – and ask the children for suggestions about the overdone batch.

    You could also test out different types of cookies sheets, and see which one is easiest to burn the cookies on 🙂

    I'm impressed about the theme snack, though!

  4. I agree with the irreversible change. Ask them what they think they can do to un-burn the cookies. Let them experiment to see if their hypothesis works. Like soaking them in water to turn them back into dough, etc.

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