Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies on the Grill
I love to bake--but in the summer I always struggle with my passion to bake versus firing up the oven and warming up the house. So I decided to use my grill to bake and you can too. It’s not hard and don’t let fear of a baking failure stop you.
It was blazing hot the night I decided to try this, so honestly, I just Googled “easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe” and here’s what I found. You can also try our Moo-ey-Gooey Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies or your own favorite recipe.
Getting the Heat Right: Direct vs. Indirect
When you bake, your oven is heating up a general area to a constant temperature, but the direct heat is not in contact with your baking pan. Think of it this way, when you sauté something on the burner of your stove, it’s direct heat. When you bake in the oven, it’s indirect heat.
How this translates on the grill: when your flame is directly beneath your food, that is direct heat. But if you have your food on one side of your grill and your flame on the other, that is indirect heat.
When I bake on the grill, I use indirect heat—aka I place my two burners on each side of the grill and place my baking sheet in the middle of the grill. That way, there’s no flame underneath but the heat from the flame on each side is creating the heat to bake my food.
Here’s What to Do
I found that my cookies took a few extra minutes but honestly, I was barefoot relaxing on the back deck and getting my butt kicked at cribbage by Alicia. So I might have lost track of time.
The cookies turned out fabulous and it was a grilling adventure with the family that you can’t beat.