It turns out there is a heck of a lot more science involved in your holiday cookies than you think!

As you may know, in the US the holiday season is kicking off. For many people, that means there will be plenty of baking and eating of cookies.

As an avid baker myself, I had never really thought about the complexities of what turns all of my various ingredients (usually dangerous amounts of butter and sugar) into delicious cookies. Then, I ran into this helpful video from the always fascinating TED-Ed by Stephanie Warren:

Via: TED-Ed 1

As it turns out, though I did pretty poorly in chemistry in high school, I am the best chemist in my house!  If I had I known chemistry could be this delicious, perhaps I would have done way better in school!

With this in mind, I guess I am off to do some science, and to start baking a couple of pies, and perhaps one too many batches of cookies.

Quick baking bonus…If you are at all an avid baker (and even if you aren’t) here is a simple, and delicious pie recipe to try this holiday season!

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  1. Warren, Stephanie. “The Chemistry of Cookies – Stephanie Warren.”YouTube. TED-Ed, 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 03 Nov. 2015. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV