Creating the Perfect Cookie
I have visited the ever-popular chocolate chip cookie recipe time and time again, hoping to come to that 'a ha!' moment of, 'how can I make this special?', and it's always just been fine. Or worse, the Nestle Tollhouse recipe trumps my new ideas every time.
I work best with a deadline, an end goal in my sightline, and I gave that to myself: create your own, awesome cookie to sell in cafes. I've done my research and it's all very possible: I already have my Food Handler's License, so all I'd need is clearance from the health department so that I could bake from my home shelf-stable items like cookies, then create a name and a brand for myself, and make it happen. The business logisitics I'm working on, so then on to the busy part: coming up with the right balance of ingredients to make it great. I watched a Ted Talk on cookies and learned a thing or two, plus added other research on what the science is behind a good cookie.
I'm very proud of what I've come up with: chewy center, crispy edges, nicely browned, chunky, and special! I work in a few different flavor combination of the ultimate chocolate chip cookie (to me, of course. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion) and will hope to sell them in a cafe near you soon!
So this is what I've got: Black & Green: cardamom, green & black pepper, thyme, dark chocolate.
Chocolate Salted Coffee: salt, coffee, dark chocolate.
And I didn't stop at chocolate chippers. I decided to take on the peanut butter cookie and make it good for those who have both gluten and nut allergies:
Sunbutter S'More: sunflower seed butter, mini marshmallows, dark chocolate.
Sunny Crunch: sun seed butter, unsweetened coconut, toffee, and toasted sun seeds
Another favorite of mine is the shortbread cookie. I took a Scottish shortbread recipe and melded it with traditional American style, with my own twist:
Lemony Shortbread: lemon zest, whole wheat, salt.
And lastly, who doesn't love an oatmeal cookie? This one has bourbon-soaked golden raisins and a nice moist center: Golden Bourbon Oat: bourbon-soaked golden raisins, salt.