Asteroid / Meteor / Meteorite Cookie (& Near Miss Day - the Earth Almost Got Hit by an Asteroid!)
Updated: Aug 27, 2020
This is a lazy person's twist on something I saw on Pinterest from
https://www.embellishmentsstudio.com/, but it still turns out so cool! Also, while I put some geeky stuff here, the cookies are really easy & fun to make & you can learn some stuff too. :)
Near Miss Day
"March 23 is Near Miss Day, an annual reminder of the day in 1989 when an asteroid nearly collided with the Earth.
The 300-meter wide asteroid called 4581 Asclepius flew past the Earth by a distance of about 450,000 miles (684,000 kms) and almost missed striking it by 6 hours. Experts estimate that if the asteroid had hit the Earth, the resulting collision would have released energy equal to about 1000 atom bombs!
Discovered Days Later
It is a good thing then that the asteroid wasn't discovered until March 31, 9 days after it had flown by the Earth. Named after the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, was discovered by American astronomers Henry E. Holt and Norman G. Thomas."
What Are an Asteroid, a Meteor and a Meteorite?
"The terms asteroid, meteor, meteorite and meteoroid get tossed around recklessly, especially when two of them threaten the Earth on the same day. Here's a quick explainer:
An asteroid is a rocky object in space that's smaller than a planet — they're sometimes called minor planets or planetoids, according to NASA. Other sources refer to them loosely as "space debris," or leftover fragments from the formation of the solar system (like the extra pieces that remain after constructing a build-it-yourself bookcase from IKEA)...
A meteor is an asteroid or other object that burns and vaporizes upon entry into the Earth's atmosphere; meteors are commonly known as "shooting stars." If a meteor survives the plunge through the atmosphere and lands on the surface, it's known as a meteorite.
Meteorites are usually categorized as iron or stony. As the name implies, iron meteorites are composed of about 90 percent iron; stony meteorites are made up of oxygen, iron, silicon, magnesium and other elements."
More info here:
What I used:
- Pillsbury Cookie Dough
(I used sugar & chocolate chip, but you can use one of or the other or make your own cookie dough)
- Food Coloring
- Chocolate rocks
- Assorted candies (optional): I had white M&Ms and these blue & white Frozen-themed chocolate chips, which I thought would look good here.
For each color of rock, I colored some dough the cookie dough I was using the same color as the rock. This gave it a nice effect.
I just put the food coloring directly into the pre-made cookie dough and mushed it together until I got a nice marbled color or consistent color.
For the cookies I was making with white rocks, I left the cookie dough without food coloring. I also put some white M&Ms in there.
How cool does it look? :)
Here are the cookies before baking! I purposely tried to make them irregular shapes (like asteroids / meteors / meteorites)...
Here they are after baking! Even though I purposely tried to make them irregularly shaped, the cookie dough is magical (haha!) and somehow became pretty circular anyways.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! I think they turned out really well! It's really fun & easy. While I was inspired by Near Miss Day, you can do this for a space-themed birthday or event, but really I don't think you need a reason to make these. You can also you can learn more about asteroids & meteors & meteorites while you're at it. :)
I think if your cookies are in outer space than you have asteroid or meteor cookies and if you're on earth, then you have meteorite cookies. Haha!
Give it a try! We are good at this!