The Sriracha Nutella Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Sprinkled with Pop Rocks
In making my creative cookie, I wanted to focus on finding ingredients that successfully combine with the unique flavor of Sriracha. When brainstorming, I came up with dark chocolate, hazelnut, and oatmeal. Through lots of web browsing I saw that many people like sriracha with peanut butter, and some have tried to make sriracha peanut butter cookies. Since I do not like peanut butter, I thought maybe nutella would be good with sriracha instead because it is partially a nut butter as well. The oatmeal with sriracha combination came about in the brainstorming when I came across that many add sriracha to their breakfast in the morning. I thought maybe a sriracha oatmeal cookie could be good if that were the case. Lastly, my love for dark chocolate bars with chili powder made me want to put dark chocolate in at least one of the trial batches.
After brainstorming, I jumped into experimenting with the actual ingredients. I made oatmeal and added some sriracha. I did not like it personally so I crossed the sriracha oatmeal cookie idea off the list.
Moving on, I went forward with making sriracha nutella cookies. I split the batch to try to get a few different variations of sriracha flavor incorporated. I setup my cookie recipe by looking at some other peanut butter cookie recipes. I decided to also add brown sugar. The batch that I added a little more sriracha to was more successful because you could taste the kick of the sriracha, but it was not overpowering. Half of my roommates (3 out of 6) preferred this
From there, I melted dark chocolate and covered the tops of my cookies with it. With Halloween approaching, a lot of candy has been all over my house. One of my roommates jokingly thought to sprinkle pop rocks on top of the chocolate covered cookies. It was actually very successful in that it just added a little sweeter sugar taste, but eating them was instantly much more fun of an experience.
I wanted to add some more dark chocolate and introduce some semi sweet chocolate to the recipe to counteract the sriracha taste still at this point. I wanted to still keep as much sriracha in them as I had liked, but make it so all of my roommates thoroughly like them as well. So from here I added a mixture of dark chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batch. I tried a batch where I sprinkled the cookies with pop rocks before baking them. This did not work out. The pop rocks just melted into the cookie like I thought they might. In the final batch I sprinkled the pop rocks on top when the cookies were fresh out of the oven before allowing them to cool so that the rocks would stick without having to add more chocolate.
Final Recipe (Makes 5 dozen):
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1.5 cups Nutella
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sriracha
5-10 packages of poprocks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2.75 cups flour
1. Combine butter, nutella, and sugars.
2. Add sriracha (could add less if want very mild cookie), eggs, and vanilla.
3. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Combine both mixtures.
5. Add chocolate chips (could add more or less than suggested)
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
7. Let dough chill for 15 minutes in fridge.
8. make one inch balls of dough on pam-sprayed pan.
9. Criss cross each ball with a fork so they will cook more evenly.
10. Cook for 8 minutes in oven.
11. Sprinkle as many poprocks as you want over the freshly baked cookies.
12. Allow cookies to cool for 15 minutes.
READY TO EAT! :)
This cookie is creative because it incorporates uncommonly used cookie flavor of sriracha into a great tasting, cohesive cookie. The cookie's outcome was really dictated by its design process. Throughout the project, trying many different ingredient tweaks, and getting feedback from roommates every step of the way extremely helped. For example by getting feedback, the great idea of including pop rocks was gained. The cookie is novel, valuable (because they're delicious), and feasible.