Originally Posted by paddydd
I just cooked a batch of chocolate chip cookies using Nestle Toll house morsels and the recipe right off the package. I went by the instructions exactly and when the cookies were ready I could swear I smelled something in them (that I didn't think belonged there). After some time my brain told me that it smelled like peanut butter.
So I wondered if one of my ingredients went bad. The only ingredient that I had that was somewhat old was the dark brown sugar. Could this be it?
Then I went and read the package to see if they used peanut oil or some such thing. Turns out they don't but, the package states that the product was produced in a factory that handles peanuts. Could this be the source of the smell?
Has anyone seen (or smelled) something like this?
Paddy (in NJ)
The toll house recipe I have calls for lite brown sugar, so the dark brown sugar may be the source of the weird smell. Butter, when it is browned, is often described as having a "nutty" smell also.
Smell is pretty subjective, as is taste. Have you seen those chefs on Hells Kitchen that can't pick out a common piece of meat or fruit by taste?
Anyway, that smell may disappear as the cookies cool. If it doesn't and it really freaks you out, then toss them.
I am not aware of any problems with sugar other than getting hard and bugs if not stored really well.
Bugs.....hmm... Maybe you should just leave those cookies outside your back door and I'll come over and dispose of them for you