By Jack Williams
This is the quirky tradition continues to be upheld in America’s hottest city, whereby local residents – and wannabe bakers – use the area’s searing heat to bake COOKIES inside their cars.
While Death Valley may be the hottest spot in America, its temperatures reaching 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54C), Lake Havasu City in Arizona is considered the hottest place where people actually live, with summer temperatures often topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38C).
Rather than opt for the tradition approach of frying an egg on a bonnet, though, Lake Havasu City residents have chosen cookie dough and baking trays as their means of showcasing the heat in an edible manner.
For the roughly 50,000 residents, this has resulted in an event entitled the Almost-Annual Dashboard Cookie Competition, which this year underwent its ninth installment.
Taking place on Friday, June 22, participants collected their cookie dough from event organizers before shaping it and leaving the designs in their vehicles.
Temperatures inside the cars can sit at around 190 degrees Fahrenheit (88C), and within four hours, event organizers said, the cookies are perfectly baked.
As the cookie dough provided is the same for all teams – rather than being made by the competitors themselves – presentation is the key that judges are looking for.
Bridgid Stevens, the creator of the event, which saw 35 people take part this year, said: “What makes the cookies special is that they are just not any cookie – they are sun baked Havasu creations.”
“I have been able to bake potatoes in my car, 122 degrees, best baked by just setting them out on a cookie sheet for 12 hours.
“Believe it or not, the potatoes reached the consistency needed for potato salad.
“Havasu is an amazing place to live, we are still a young enough city that people choose to live here and full of magical people, that is what makes it such a special place to live.”
As for why the event is called an “Almost-Annual” competition: The first year, Bridgid said, hungry competitors ate their creations before the judging could even begin.