I'm really glad that I decided to come home this weekend, because this would have been difficult to do in the dorms!
My final product is something like an apple empanada. A cinnamon cookie folded over an apple slice with cinnamon and brown sugar inside. I won't claim that these are radically innovative, but at the time I felt that folding the cookie and using a large piece of fruit - rather than small pieces mixed in - was innovative. Some research on the Internet proved me wrong. It's been done before. Or, at least making a cookie with an apple slice inside has been done before. Nonetheless, they do taste good. So... novel = maybe, valuable = yes, feasible = yes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5hWWe-ts2s The dough recipe is taken from a cookbook, although I modified it slightly and added Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
- 1c flour
- 1/2c sugar
- 1/2c Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- 1/4c butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 3T milk
- 1t cinnamon
- 1/4t baking powder
- 1/4t salt
+ 1 apple, sliced into 1/2 rings
+ cinnamon and brown sugar, sprinkled inside.
Now, I had initially tried to be much more creative with my recipe. I started thinking of curry cookies, but quickly found that curry is not a completely unique cookie flavor on its own. So, I turned to BBQ, I thought that the smokey flavor could bring a lot to cookie flavor, so I quickly found some smoked paprika, BBQ seasoning, golden raisins, and hickory syrup.
My first attempt looked like this:
And they eventually congealed into a viscous mass in the middle that was reminiscent of a sea sponge.
Next I used more flour, added baking soda, and removed the syrup (they weren't as dark as they look in this photo):
For my final entry in the BBQ cookie saga, I added more flour, less sugar, less butter, and added an egg. The result looked like a scone:
All of these BBQ cookies had a distinctly smokey flavor, but none were satisfying. I gave in and went back to the drawing board. I wondered what how a cookie with a full slice of apple would be. I made a few test runs:
And then the winning ideas came together for the aforementioned recipe1