I decided that I would take two paths on this assignment: a more traditional path where I knew the ingredients would work well, and work well in a cookie as far as taste, and a less traditional method with a more unconventional taste.
Cookie One: Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana cookies. I started with a peanut butter cookie base: peanut butter, flour, brown sugar, egg, etc. I decided to leave the milk out because when I mashed up the bananas with my hands (four of them), they almost became liquified. Even leaving the milk out there was too much liquid in the dough, so I had to add an extra cup and a half of flour!
I rolled the dough into balls thinking that since they were so moist, they would flatten out when I baked them. After baking for about 7 minutes, I checked the cookies and they were not flattening like I had hoped, so I pressed each cookie with a fork. Some of them didn't flatten like I was thinking they would, because they were so hot. Next time, I would press them before baking them at all!
I continued to bake them for about another 2 to 3 minutes, let them cool, and added the frosting.
The "frosting" on these cookies is a mixture of Nutella and peanut butter (where the chocolate comes into play).
Cookie Two: Mojito cookies
For the mojito cookies, I chose to use a simple sugar cookie base recipe. Flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and egg were used, as well as mojito flavored drink mix and lime juice. The cookies came out looking just like sugar cookies; but definitely not tasting the same! They have a sort of zing to them. For the frosting, I used a simple vanilla frosting and mixed in the mojito flavoring as well as more lime juice. The garnish on the top is a mint leaf, to carry on the theme of the mojito.
I decided to not substitute any ingredients, but to just add ingredients to the recipe, and it ended up working pretty well!
Overall, I was very surprised by this assignment. I was expecting to have an extremely difficult time, and as it was definitely not an easy task, I didn't end up totally butchering either recipe! (Or burning any cookies ;)).