Science-themed cookies for all your holiday baking needs


I don't know about you, but I've got multiple cookie exchange parties lined up in the coming weeks. If you're on the same page and need a clever idea or two, the NotSoHumblePie cooking blog has several great science-themed cookies, sure to make geeks, dorks and nerds smile.

Petri dish cookies are pictured above, but there's also:

Heavens, they're tasty! And educational!

(Aha! Pharyngula is apparently the reason half my friend list was emailing me about these today.)


  1. The Petri cookies are cute. Although technically, agar is edible — apparently the Japanese eat flavored agar much like the West eats flavored gelatin — you could imagine a Petri dish treat that used real agar instead of cookie dough…

  2. Those petri dish cookies are actually an interesting abstract design, until you realize what they represent. Yeah sure, “agar is [technically] edible”, but do want to eat whatever is growing on it? Ewwwwww.

  3. I’m a scientist (though not made of gingerbread) and I’ve never worn a white coat in my life.

    This is what physicians wear to make themselves look like real doctors.

  4. The petri cookies are a cute idea, but every time I look at a representation of a petri dish, I can smell a combination of agar and fetal bovine serum that’s been steaming in a body-temperature bath for days–and it’s been oven ten years since that experience. DO NOT WANT.

  5. Major yuck moment. When I saw the cookie, I went “grghuuuuughoooooarg”. I’d eat it, but my visceral reaction was THAT’S NOT A COOKIE, IT STINKS AND IS DANGEROUS!!!1!

  6. Agree on yuck vs. coolness.
    I could never eat anything in/from lab. One of the professors used to use salt from lab for her popcorn, and even though it was likely purer than the anything from the grocery (though it did not supply iodine, a necessary nutrient) the wrongness was perturbing.

    You could also do “chocolate agar” cookies.
    mmmm, lysed sheep blood cells….

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