Thank you all so much for your project suggestions!
She almost decided to do her project on which cleans better, regular store bought cleaners, or home made "green" cleaners. (suggested by Jo)
However, Tiburon suggested that she do a project where she makes several batches of cookies and leaves on ingredient out of each batch to see what would happen.
Hmmmmmmm. Let's decide................
Cookies or cleaning.
Cleaning or cookies.
Cookies or cleaning..............
She decided on the cookies! (with no influence from me, I promise;0)
One evening, she made a batch of regular cookies, to use as an example of a perfect cookie.
The next afternoon, I heard my hand mixer being used, which was strange, because I have a perfectly good Kitchen aid which is great for making cookies.
When I went into the kitchen to see why she was using the hand mixer, I discovered that the bowl and beaters to the Kitchen Aid hadn't been washed, so she was forced to use the hand mixer, because there wasn't enough time to run the dirty bowl through the dishwasher.
Brielle had a quick lesson on how to hand wash a bowl (and no, this was not the first time that she has been taught this skill) and we continued with the making of the cookies.
We made 1/4 batches of cookies and we worked out a system where I would mix the ingredients for the cookies, and Brielle would put them on the pan and in the oven and out of the oven and onto the cooling rack then onto the plate to be photographed.
This way, I was the keeper of the dough.
I love cookie dough.
I have to admit that I actually learned a few things with this project. I really thought that by leaving the butter out of the cookies that they would stick to the pan when they baked. Instead, they were just really gross.
Seriously, if you're going to leave something out of a batch of cookies, DO NOT LEAVE OUT THE BUTTER!!!
The butterless cookies looked awful, almost like they were growing hair on them or something, and they tasted terrible! The dough even tasted bad.
I thought that by leaving out the baking soda that the cookies would be flat, but strangely enough, they turned out to be one of the less bad batches of cookies.
Oh, and did you ever wonder what would happen if you leave the flour out of cookies?
The kids said it looked kind of like fruit leather with chocolate chips. Strangely enough, this was one of the better tasting batches. We referred to it as "cookie leather."
The overall winner for tasting the best were the cookies made with Splenda. Max wouldn't even try any of the others.
I can truly say that when this was over, I was SICK of cookies!
And I never thought I would say that. Ever.
Brielle made a big poster with photos of each plate of cookies along with her prediction of what would happen if a particular ingredient was left out, what actually happened, and then she taped a sandwich bag with the actual cookie in it next to the photo.
The morning of the science fair, when Brielle picked up her poster to take it to school, most of the photos fell off.
The double sided tape she was using was actually removable double sided tape.
We scrambled to find some real tape, and she taped everything back on, and we managed to get her to school only moderately late.
The teacher was very impressed with "The great cookie experiment" as she chose to call it.
For three days, we had plates of leftover cookies sitting in our kitchen. They sat there and nobody ate them.
And we have three boys living in our house, one of them being a teenager who is chronically hungry.
So, I threw the cookies away.
Did you hear that?
I THREW AWAY COOKIES!!
But they weren't fit for human consumption. And I'm pretty sure that if we had a dog, it wouldn't have eaten them either.
The conclusion to this experiment?
Don't leave anything out of your cookies, or you'll be sorry.
Be sure to do a two part experiment. What happens when you leave ingredients out of cookies AND What kind of cleaning products work the best to clean up cookie dough which has been ground into the grout between the tiles on your kitchen floor.