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December 9, 2009 8:30 PM   Subscribe

science! cookies: Atom | Periodic Table | Petri Dish | Gel Electrophoresis | Lab Mice | Cephalopod | Gingerbread Scientists (via)
posted by lalex (18 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome. Awesomely awesome. Why am I not this clever with my baking?

Oh and having worked with real petri dishes growing real e.coli colonies, that petri dish cookie just looks...creepy :P
posted by sararah at 8:40 PM on December 9, 2009


Was I the only one hoping that the gel electrophoresis cookies would have included actual agar? Bonus points if they use electrodes to draw some sort of charged flavour molecule through it.

Yes, it's exam period...
posted by battlebison at 8:49 PM on December 9, 2009


This is easily the most delicious work to come out of the scientific community since J Robert Oppenheimer invented the Atomic Fireball candy in the late 40's.

"Now I am become Cinnamon, the destroyer of mouths."
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 8:56 PM on December 9, 2009 [15 favorites]


WOW! Had to squeegee my screen 3 times as I read this blog! What gorgeous foods!

Thanks for sharing this site, I'm going to be watching it!
posted by Jinx of the 2nd Law at 9:40 PM on December 9, 2009


The sushi cakes look amazing.
posted by empath at 9:47 PM on December 9, 2009


There should be a word for food that mimics other food.
posted by empath at 9:48 PM on December 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


These are beautiful (and nerdy) cookies! yum! thanks for posting!
posted by NikitaNikita at 10:27 PM on December 9, 2009


Previously: Way too many ways to do the periodic table using cupcakes.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:40 PM on December 9, 2009


In geology we're partial to trilobite cookies.
posted by chr1sb0y at 4:30 AM on December 10, 2009


Everything goes better with Science!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:45 AM on December 10, 2009


Oh, man, these are awesome. I think I've got to try making some of my own, next time I make gingerbread cookies. The critics are right, though: her streaking technique sucks! I know, I know, the colonies are probably little sugar beads and you'd have to be really OCD to apply them all individually, but...
posted by ubersturm at 6:24 AM on December 10, 2009


Oh man, octopus cookie. Perhaps the only thing greater is the octopus cake.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:32 AM on December 10, 2009


battlebison:
Was I the only one hoping that the gel electrophoresis cookies would have included actual agar? Bonus points if they use electrodes to draw some sort of charged flavour molecule through it.


Actually electrophorizing culinary agar would not be that hard, the trick would be in getting the voltage right, to low and nothing happens but to high and you melt it and set a fire... You'd also need to be able to accurately measure out salt concentrations, but you could theoretically do it with table salt.

I have made edible round plates (petri dishes) before using coconut flavored agar poured into cookie molds with thick caramel for bacterial colonies, went over really well in lab.

But holy shit this FPP is awesome, I'm going to make a few of these
posted by Blasdelb at 9:24 AM on December 10, 2009


Oh, yay, for those thinking about making the cookies, the blogger has just posted an icing tutorial featuring space invader cookies!
posted by lalex at 9:31 AM on December 10, 2009


These are awesome.

I also like the [url=http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2009/12/royal-icing-101-space-invaders.html]Space Invaders coookies[/url] complete with a how-to guide.
posted by Target Practice at 9:57 AM on December 10, 2009


...and I forgot Metafilter uses HTML, not BBCode.

Oh well.
posted by Target Practice at 9:58 AM on December 10, 2009


The cookies are clever and cute, but they make me a little sad. I get a hint of wistfulness from her biography, with her former scientific profession and "somewhat housebound lifestyle" and "in reality, I'm not [interesting]". To me it seems like the cookies are partly an attempt to feel connected with science while no longer doing it for real.

I'm sure she loves her child and feels it's worthwhile to give up her career to be a stay-at-home mom, but that's a big sacrifice. If she made it through graduate school and earned a Ph.D. in her field, it must be rather painful to think that all the blood sweat and tears she put into the degree are now on hold at best, wasted at worst.

It reads to me (and I could be totally projecting here) like putting a happy face on a claustrophobic, frustrating, intellectually stifling situation. Me, I'd probably slit my wrists. She bakes cookies. She's stronger than me.
posted by Quietgal at 10:39 AM on December 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


What we really need is a periodic table of dessert. In cookie form.
posted by Western Infidels at 12:39 PM on December 10, 2009


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