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Children’s Museum Houston

Members’ Workshop: Cookie Chemistry

Friday, Apr. 17, 2020 – Friday, Apr. 17, 2020

01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
US/Central

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Join Mr. O as we bake up some science by examining the chemistry of cookie making. We’re going to get our bake on and make chocolate chip cookies - together! As we bake, we’ll study the science behind the process. Plus, we’ll explore how changes in the recipe he uses compared to one of the most famous changes the cookies.

Check the pantry and fridge for these items to bake with us or add it to your parent's grocery list in case they are planning a trip this week. Have they already gone to the grocery store to pick up essentials? No worries! Follow along live anyway and try it next time.

What you'll need:
Equipment

Stand mixer with paddle attachment (or a hand mixer with a large metal bowl)
Paper plate (or second mixing bowl)
Baking sheets
Oven
Parchment paper (or silicone mats)*
Cooling racks*
Sifter*
#20 disher*
Scale*
*Optional but recommended.

Ingredients

1 stick (8 Tbs or 4 oz) unsalted butter
½ cup (8 Tbs) butter-flavored shortening*
2¼ cups (12 oz) cake or all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1½ tsp baking powder or 1 tsp. baking soda*
¼ cup (2 oz) granulated sugar
1¼ cup (8 oz) brown sugar (light is preferred)
2 eggs – 1 whole and 1 just the yolk
2 tbs whole milk*
1½ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (one 12 oz bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
*Substitutions are always fine! Mr. O will explain what happens chemically when we use them and how they can result in a different product.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Sunday, Noon - 6:00 pm
    Open Monday during Spring Break, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Summer: Open Mondays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  
  • General Admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65 years and older. FREE for children under one and Museum Members. Free Hours: FREE FAMILY NIGHT: Thursdays 5 pm - 8 pm.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking fees: 1 hour - $7 2 hours - $8 3+ hours - $9 Metered and street parking are available around the Children's Museum Houston.

Special Offers / Dining

The Children's Museum Houston's spacious eatery, Fresh Café, offers nutritious eats and treats for any time of day! Enjoy a healthy meal with savory salads, preservative-free sandwich bread and vegetarian options prepared daily – fresh off the grill!

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