It was one of those ideas that came down in a funneling flood of light and entered my head to a chorus of angelic voices: Silicon ice trays. Silicon muffin pans. Wait a minute—I bet I can bake things in silicon ice trays!
‘Twas a grand experiment, and after pulling hair out of my head with my doughy fingers and amputating many a droid, whole robots began to emerge out of the Artificial Intelligence Ice Cube Tray I’d re-purposed.
Next time around, I’ll use ice trays with fewer small parts, such as the Squirming With Delight Ice Cube Tray or Fishing for Cube-liments Tray, and settle on a cookie that doesn’t involve chunky parts. But in the end, my non-store-’bot’, orange-chocolate chip cookie robots emerged successfully, ready to be devoured!
Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies in Silicon Ice Trays
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
¾ tablespoon orange bitters
Zest of one medium orange
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Beat butter until creamy. Add brown sugar, white sugar, and salt, mixing well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and orange bitters and beat until blended.
3. Add baking soda and mix. Slowly stir in flour, beating constantly. Fold in chocolate chips and orange zest.
4. Fit dough into silicon tray mold, filling three-quarters of the way. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the depth of your ice tray’s design.
5. Let cool. Pop cookies out of mold and cool completely. Then, make more cookies, or rinse out the tray and make some ice!
Do you have any creative cookie mold ideas?