CREATING A NEW KIND OF COOKIE
I started this process by coming up with a list of pros and cons of a typical cookie in the hopes of creating a product that eliminated many of the cons while maintaining many of the pros. Highlights from the positives list include: handheld, controlled portions, easy to bake, storable, and delicious. Some of the key negatives were: unhealthy (typically), only for dessert, seen as "junk food", and lacking much nutritional value at all.
A product that could address all these pros and cons is a cookie created specifically for a meal. I decided to focus on dinner, with a creation I call the "spaghetti cookie."
Creating a cookie made of spaghetti poses several issue logistically, mainly in keeping the noodles together in cookie form. After initially cooking the spaghetti noodles, I developed a wide variety of bases to add to the noodles before putting them in the oven. I separated small portions of noodles and began the testing process. I tried baking several different prototypes: Plain noodles, noodles covered in whipped egg, egg and flour, pancake batter, and ground beef infused. I also tried varying ratios of ingredients to hopefully find the perfect balance. I created several platters with the different tests and put them in a 350 degree oven:
The product I determined to work best was a batch that included 1 egg for approximately each square foot of noodles, a pinch of flour, and a half cup of desired sauce:
After cutting and trimming the product for final presentation I concluded with this final product:
The spaghetti cookies are still bite-sized and convenient but are also considerably more nutritious. They also taste awesome!
1 serving spaghetti noodles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare noodles in boiling water to desired tenderness. Drain water form noodles and place in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs (1 egg per square foot of flattened noodles) and sauce (1/2 cup per square foot) and mix together by hand. Flatten noodles on cookie sheet and cover. Place in oven for 20. Remove, cut, and serve.