Cookie Cook Off

Yesterday was a bit crazy, and it left me with a renewed sense of why I love my solar cooker.

You see, our indoor oven is broken, and we have been dragging our feet about replacing it. After all, I am supposed to be solar cooking, so why do we really need an oven? But, of course, it’s been terribly cloudy these past few days, and I am starting to want to be able to cook. So, we found a cheap, slightly used oven yesterday and installed it.

So what should you do when you have a new oven to try out? Have a cookie cook off, of course!

I made my favorite gluten – free, vegan cookies. We call them Monster Cookies, and everyone loves them!

Monster Cookies

1 stick vegan butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 flax eggs ( 3 Tbsp flax plus 9 Tbsp water)

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup peanut butter

Cream the above ingredients together. Then stir in:

2 tsp baking soda

4 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup raisins ( or vegan ch. chips, or whatever else you like)

Drop onto parchment paper and bake for about 10 minutes. The batter and the cookies are both yummy and we tend to make them monstrously big!

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So how did the cook-off go? Well, let’s just say I am even more glad to have a solar cooker than usual. The indoor oven heated up well, and then promptly began stinking. Bad. Really bad. Apparently a cat had peed in it at some point, so the smell was awful, and I lost a whole tray of cookies to the stench.

As I was trying to clean up the smell, I put a batch into the solar oven. I didn’t preheat it, so they turned out a bit dry, but otherwise they are worlds ahead of the others! Yeah for solar power!

Rating: solar cookies – good. Conventional cookies – disgusting.

Now if you will excuse me, I either have some cleaning or oven shopping to do. Is it even ethical to resell a stinky oven?