In trying to brainstorm about this assignment, I made a chart of things related to cookies. One common them I noticed was the fall and holidays, so I decided it would be a good idea to think about cookies in the context of fall things: thanksgiving, pumpkins, baking, cinnamon, etc. To me, one idea that stood out was pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie is, of course, not exactly a cookie. But I thought about how I could use it anyway. I decided that simply making pumpkin pie flavor cooking is not all that novel or interesting, but making cookies that are pumpkin pies and cookies in one seemed a bit more unique.
Now that I had an idea of what I wanted my cookies to be, it was time to see if I could make them work (are they feasible). I made a base cookie dough using the basic 1:2:3 ratio of sugar to fat to flour, then I added a few extra items to one cookie at a time, including cinnamon, extra fat, a little (extra) water, vanilla, "Sugar in the Raw". I baked these cookies, and taste tested them. I found vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar in the raw to be a tasty and not overpowering combination, with the sugar in the raw giving them an interesting little crunch (though I'm not sure others will like it as much as me). I also noticed that they were all a bit under-sweetened for my idea of a cookie.
Next, I used my preferred version of cookie dough, and tried to find a way to make it an effective crust for some pumpkin pie filling. I made the filling according to the recipe on the can (I thought I would treat the filling as a single ingredient), but found it was too thin to make a good part of a cookie; it was very hard to contain on the cookies. I made a new batch of filling, but skipped the condensed milk, and replaced part of the sugar with splenda (in the past, I have found sugar to thin out the texture of most fruits). With this version of filing, I could contain it with minimal trouble, I baked a few to figure out how long they took to cook, and found that about 20-25 minutes gave me an unburned cookie with fully cooked pie filling!
While there are many more extreme ideas I thought of, I feel like this was a good level of new and interesting, while maintaining a clear idea of being a cookie.