This week's assignment involved baking, which is enough for me to get incredibly excited. I am an avid baker and it's something I do just about every week. Our assignment however was to create your own unique cookie. Right away, plenty of thoughts came to my head but I knew I wanted to use candy, to be specific, my favorite candy; sour patch kids.I had also thought about making a tres leche based cookie with cinnamon toast crunch inside or some other kind of cereal to make a breakfast cookie. I also thought about different pies I could somehow make into a cookie, key lime pie to be specific would be delicious. I wanted to go with the sour patch kids idea however because I thought it correlated well with the different flavors of the jello AND the sour patch kids. Since the sour patch kids are different colors I thought I should make the cookies colorful as well so it doesn't seem too disgusting (with a brown cookie base). I knew that I sometimes use jello pudding mixes in cookies to make them very moist but I wanted more flavor and keep the fluffy moist texture.
I decided to use various flavors/colors of gelatin inside of my sugar based cookies. I used blue, which is berry blast flavor, and pink, which is the cherry lemonade flavor, purple, which is grape, and green, which is lime.
The recipe I made up based on what I know about baking but roughly it goes a little something like this...
I mix 6 tablespoons of softened butter with 1/4 cup of sugar and half the package of gelatin. I then add one egg, and 1/2 tsp. of Vanilla. For the dry ingredients in a separate bowl I mixed 1 1/4 Cup flour, 1/2 tsp. Baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. I slowly added the dry ingredients to the wet until it came to a really fluffy texture which I was happy with!
I then rolled the dough into inch balls and rolled in sugar for some extra flavoring just like I do for regular sugar cookies, and then flattened them a little so they cook through. Needless to say, the vibrant colors made me a little hesitant but after I placed the sour patch kids in the center of each cookie I knew they had to be delicious. I then baked at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes!
After eating my first batch of cookies I thought that the sour patch kid candy really made it taste better, I started to put more sour patch kids on the cookies but noticed that with the grape flavored cookies I tried this technique with, it flattened them too much and they became a little overcooked. The other flavors however I thought were delicious!
They turned out exactly how I wanted to and it really inspired me to use many more ideas for baking in the future. Let's just say, this won't be the only interesting cookie I attempt to make!