Cookie Monster Science

It all started when I was innocently making some sunflower-butter, chocolate chip cookies (based mostly on a recipe from Veganomicon, of course). I let them cool off, packed them into a box and, that evening, when my friends and I bit into them… GREEN! I thought we were goners for sure. We would certainly die from some overlooked poison I probably spilled into the dough, but after some quick research, we realized that it was just pesky, old science working its green magic. Chlorogenic acid (which is super healthy) is in sunflower seeds and it turns green with baking soda. So next time you need to make green cookies and don’t want to use food coloring, remember this trick!

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • Vegan Baking Day

    Awesome! Alkaline can bring out funny colors in things, cause excessive browning and make things like beets and matcha to turn batter greyish colors. To keep this from happening you can reduce alkaline by adding an acid like lemon juice or cream of tartar. I’ll keep the sunflower/acidic combo in mind for St. Patrick’s day sugar cookies!

  • chrome molly #4130

    I think those look absolutely delicious.

  • Ty

    awesome! thanks for the tip!

  • under the pyramids

    SO cool ! And perfect for Halloween !
    x x x

    • Thethethe3845

      Joshua Rat Catcher is the biggest phoney on earth, Did you know he makes money promotiing big businesses that kill animals? Yes, he does commercials for firms selling meat and fur, yet pompously tells others what to wear and eat.,

      • DarrenBahamas

        Shouldn’t you be stalking Tim Gunn and Roger Ebert on Youtube with your 50 Aliases, Darren?