The moment I found out the assignment of the week was to create an innovative cookie, about a dozen ideas came to mind.
A random sampling of my idea of an "innovative cookie" includes:
- Cookies made not in an oven
- A savory cookie
- An already-existing food, but in cookie format (this one sparked many other sub-ideas, ranging from curry cookies to a cookie basically made up of 99% candy and 1% actual baking ingredients)
- A cookie used as a container for other ingredients (used as a bowl, a sandwich, or a shell)
Out of all those things, the idea that stemmed the most intriguing options was the "already-existing food" one, and I started thinking of meals that could most feasibly be made into cookies. I am not an experienced chef, and on one baking occasion I literally forgot to add the flour to a batch of chocolate chip cookies. My main concern was to keep my kitchen intact.
After quite a bit of brainstorming, I decided that a meal that was considerably lacking in cookies was breakfast food. My original idea was a breakfast sandwich cookie: essentially, two or three aspects of breakfast in one cookie, separated into layers. I planned for a sweet layer consisting of either French Toast or waffles, a savory layer with some breakfast meat, and a third layer filled with breakfast fruit.
That idea was almost immediately revised. The savory layer idea brought to mind mostly bacon-inspired recipes, which is decidedly un-innovative. This modification narrowed it down to a waffle cookie, which I decided to amp up a little by adding whipped cream and strawberries.
For my recipe, I started with waffle mix and added some ingredients I thought were essential to a basic sugar cookie recipe: eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, and baking powder. I added less sugar and flour because I figured the waffle mix already included some of that, and I wasn't planning on adding any at all, but the batter was too runny otherwise. To add to the waffle aspect, I added some maple syrup and cinnamon. About halfway through the baking process, I added some chopped strawberries and cinnamon to the cookies. Once they were out, I just topped them with some whipped cream. They actually turned out well, if a little fluffy, and although they obviously didn't look like waffles, they tasted pretty comparable.
Side note: I wanted to see how the cookies would turn out if I cooked them with something other than an oven, so I stuck a couple cookies into my Panini maker. The Panini maker made them super flat, though, so although they were still fairly waffle-like and yummy, they were too flat to consider them cookies.