For our first assignment, the object was to create a new cookie. I began thinking about cookies and different flavors that work together. I then created a list of flavors that could be interesting together to try in my very own cookie recipe. After purchasing some different ingredients that I thought were interesting, I did some taste testing to see what would work together. I decided that coffee, pear and caramel were an interesting combination and set to make my cookie! At first, I tried to combine chopped pears and coffee into the actual cookie and have a caramel drizzle. I learned a couple things after mixing all the ingredients together: the chopped up pears made the dough watery/sticky which I immediately began putting more flour in to balance it out and into a more cookie dough consistency. That ended up making the cookies a little too doughy and more like a biscuit roll. Another thing I learned was that I probably should have sifted the coffee, it was grounded, but I still felt like I was just biting into a doughy espresso bean cookie. I wanted to make the coffee flavor a little more subtle, in case there were anyone that hates coffee they wouldn't be able to know right away.
With all of this in mind I decided to make a coffee flavored cookie with caramel and pear on the top-- instead of just combining everything together. After I had the final recipe set, I focused on how I could present the cookie with the caramel and pear topping. I tried multiple iterative of cookies, some with the caramel inside and some using a cookie cutter.
I decided to use the cookie cutter to shape the cookies and use the caramel and thinly sliced pears on top. My family taste tested the cookie agreed that this was a better cookie from the doughy, coffee heavy one.
I feel that my cookie is creative because I thought of different flavors that could work on a cookie and narrowed it down to a few that would work. Initially my cookie failed because I simply tried tossing all my ingredients into the mixer, believing that it would come out as a perfect cookie instead getting a super doughy coffee flavored biscuit. The flavors all worked together to make an interesting and different cookie, which made it feasible and novel. I think that the cookie has value because of the unique way it is presented which also enhances the flavor and experience of the cookie.
pear, caramel + coffee cookie
-preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-cream together 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 butter until smooth. Add 1 egg and slowly add dry ingredient mix of 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking power, 2 cups flour and 1 tbsp of sifted coffee. Roll cookie dough and use cookie cutter or a cup to cut into shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and let it cool.
-melt caramel bits in microwave (this really shouldn't take too long) and add to the tops of the (cooled) cookies.
-Thinly slice pears and add on top of the caramel.