It's Friday, so I post about something besides Autodesk technology. I am posting this today, but this is actually something I did and wrote up last Saturday.
My wife, Sheryl, likes to bake chocolate chip cookies. I like to eat chocolate chip cookies. You might say we have a marriage made in heaven. Sheryl has a recipe from a relative on her side of the family.
Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies from the kitchen of Jean Keller
- 1/2 cup of shortening
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2½ to 3 cups of flour
- 8 ounces of chocolate chips
- Mix shortening, butter, and sugars together.
- Mix eggs, salt, vanilla, and baking soda on side of bowl.
- Mix all together.
- Add flour and chocolate chips.
- Roll into balls.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes.
With recipe in hand, it was time for the science experiment. The recipe calls for shortening but Sheryl had two kinds:
- Crisco Shortening Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
- Crisco Shortening Sticks Butter Flavor
The ingredients for the shortening sticks are basically the same:
|Crisco||Butter Flavored Crisco|
|soybean oil||soybean oil|
|fully hydrogenated palm oil (stable consistency without trans fats)||fully hydrogenated palm oil (stable consistency without trans fats)|
|palm oil||palm oil|
|mono and diglycerides (emulsifiers that help oil and water to blend)||mono and diglycerides (emulsifiers that help oil and water to blend)|
|TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone — additive to preserve foods)||TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone — additive to preserve foods)|
|citric acid (antioxidants)||citric acid (antioxidants)|
|natural and artificial flavors|
|beta-carotene (provitamin A) added for color|
The science question is will the added butter flavor improve or detract from the taste, so Sheryl made batches of cookies with both.
The bottom line is that there is virtually no difference. Cookie bakers around the globe, like Sheryl, should feel free to use either one. This might have been obvious from the onset, but there is no substitute for science. I would volunteer to collect more data points if necessary.
Hey, I'm doing this on a Saturday (03/16/2019) and posting it on Friday (03/22/2019). It's all in fun. If nothing else, you got a time-honored family recipe for chocolate chip cookies by reading this. On Monday, I'll be resurrecting my write-up on Autodesk Forge.
Baking is alive in the lab.