Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Verdict For The Evening

So tonight I have produced 4 different types of cookie/dough. Let me introduce you to my new friends:
  1. Sarah-n-Dippity: My Sarah Palin delight. Super nutty without tasting like a peanut butter cookie. Kinda a "grown up" version of a classic peanut butter cookie.
  2. Triple Chocolate: My classic. Probably the first original cookie idea I have done. Dark chocolate with hints of espresso and cinnamon. Studded with white chocolate chunks.
  3. The Pub Crawler: Finally got the "beer reduction" down pretty well. Beer dough base with peanut butter chips, peanuts, and pretzels. Rolled in pretzels.
  4. Afternoon Delight: Honey Lemon sugar cookie with earl grey tea leaves and plump blueberries.
Pub crawler turned out amazing. Much better than before. The honey based cookies really flattened out when baking. In the future I might try to add more flour. I also will see if cooking the dough cold will make any difference. But, flavor was really tasty. I think next time I will add more tea to the Afternoon Delight.

Um.. and I was going to take pictures of the cookies when they came out, but.. yea.. I remembered that after we had already eaten them. :( Pictures will come. I promises.

The Sarah-n-Dippity

Watching "Countdown with Keith Olberman" is one of my nightly routines, washed down with the Rachel Maddow Show. It is a pretty typical occurance for Countdown to highlight some of the little "bits of genius" that come from the cereal box that is Sarah Palin's mind. Then suddenly it hit me. A Sarah Palin Cookie!! HOO RAY!

So I have it. The Sarah-n-Dippity cookie. Sweet and totally nuts. It is naturally sweetened with honey, with almond butter and toasted hazelnuts. Studded with bits of crushed Heath bar.

Wedding Cookies

Countdown.. t minus 4 days. Starting today to work on making the cookie dough which I will bake up on either thursday or friday for the wedding on Saturday. I haven't quite decided what types of cookies I will be making yet. I bought a bunch of ingredients at Winco, where the bulk section is my muse.

Here's my preliminary thinking on cookies I will be making:
  • Triple Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter cookies (with Reeses centers)
  • Lemon & Blueberry
  • Lemon Lavendar
  • Pub Crawlers
  • Toffee Nut
  • Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal
  • Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk
  • Molasses Orange
  • S'mores
So far.. I think that's what I'm making. We'll see. I am so bad about cookies. If I have the ingredients.. I keep baking. I don't know how Tim isn't a chubby hubby yet.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Please Sir.. can I get S'mores?

Time is counting down. A cool Oregon monday night and I am getting ready to get married on saturday. But somewhere in the middle of folding programs and packing favors, I took some time out to make some more cookies for my friend Jake. Jake, it should be mentioned, is pretty much the only reader of my blog. So.. I bake him cookies. It is a fair trade.
3 batches are in the works. Batch number one is an ode to S'mores. It is basically a chocolate cookie recipe with 1/2 of the flour replaced with ground graham cracker. Next, I rolled the cookie dough in graham cracker crumbs before putting it on the baking sheet. Baked for 13 minutes, then pulled the cookies out and topped them with mini marshmallows. This proved more difficult than I had anticipated. I don't know what will be the easiest method for doing the marshmallows, I feel more trial (and errors) are needed. I put the cookies back in for about 30 seconds with the oven on broil to toast up the marshmallows. Lastly, I drizzled melted chocolate over the top. And, TA-DA! S'mores. I have to admit, however that I think these cookies are just as messy as the original treat. But, that is the price you pay for delish.