Hello! For this assignment, I started out by reviewing the key elements --novelty, value and feasibility, which are required to create an innovative recipe for success. I decided to create a no-bake 'milk fudge sunsign cookie!'
This is one of my ideation sheets in which I wrote out different ingredients and connected them together:
To start with, my guess was that most people would be trying to innovate with cookies that require baking. So, I thought I could try out something different.
I guess the whole sunsigns theme came into the picture because I was thinking of fortune cookies and sunsigns. ;)
I went through some baseline recipes for fudge cookies and decided to use milk powder, butter and condensed milk as my main ingredients. Here's a step-by-step narrative of my experience with photos:
Milk Fudge Sunsign Cookies
These are the ingredients that I used for making the milk fudge cookie base:
Unsalted Butter (15 Tablespoons)
Condensed Milk (2 Cans, 400 grams each)
Milk Powder (3 Cups)
Cardamom Powder (1 pinch)
I started out by melting the butter in a cooking pan:
I opened out the cans of condensed milk and mixed it with the butter:
I then added milk powder to the mixture:
I added in some cardamom powder and allowed the mixture to simmer in the stove:
This was by far the most challenging part. I wanted to gauge the consistency of the mixture. I had to scoop parts of it in the wooden spoon and drop it down to see if it was "thick enough." I think this was where I was experimenting with several consistencies. I had to drop blobs of it onto a different plate as well.
I let it cool down for sometime and tested out to see if it would get molded into some form:
I then standardized the shape and size of the cookie with a cutter:
I lined a tray with cling wrap and laid out the cookies flat:
As with most fudge cookies, I decided to refrigerate this batch.
Here's the fun part-- I decided to use some Hershey's chocolate syrup to draw the sunsign symbols on the cookies. It was slightly time-consuming, but I really liked it:
Voila! This is what the cookies finally turned out to look like:
After drawing the designs on, I put the entire batch into the refrigerator again.
For those of you that do not know which sign each of these symbols correspond to, take a look at this:
Novelty--The fact that this is a no-bake recipe and that it is inspired by the sunsigns theme.
Value--A toffee-like taste (and excitement for identifying and savoring one's own sunsign cookie perhaps ? ;) )
Feasibility- Definitely practical and more or less hassle-free.
It might be interesting to eat these with wafers, chocolate chips and with strawberries.
Overall, this was a very interesting experience!