First off, just let me say that I am Junior CLA Art Undergrad and this assignment was insane. I can bullshit a five page essay/paper with the rest of 'em, but this was easily the most work I have done in recent memory. With that out of the way, I give you:
Ketchup Shortbread Cookie w/ Bacon
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) salted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1/4 cup Heinz 57 Simply Heinz ketchup
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
That was my variation on this guy:
Not much of a baker so I thought I might try to hack this with a simple recipe with an unusual ingredient. Came up with beef jerky as one idea and Heinz Ketchup as another.
Lots of people have been using bacon in everything these days, and it's been getting a free pass to move between sweet and savory, bacon jalapeno cookies, bacon and sea salt chocolate, etc.
Also I don't have a lot of time this weekend so I thought I would save some time prototyping with pre-made cookie dough.
I got sugar cookie dough and 3 kinds of Jack link's jerky.
In the interest of failing fast and failing often I did seven sugar cookies each with a variation in terms of amount of jerky/other fixings/presentation.
First batch turned out real messy.
Gross dough, too airy/crispy and somehow still greasy.
Led me to realise that when I bought sugar cookie dough, what I'd had mind was a shortbread, something a little more vague and less resistant to manipulation.
Borrowed a recipe for standad shortbread cookies from joyofbaking.com, thought I'd sub out some ingredients for more kethup-y flavor. Took out the sugar and replaced it with ketchup and a 1/2 ketchup 1/2 sugar mix.
Did a couple rounds of those guys. They were alright. Came out sorta like sugar cookies.
I give 'em 2.5 stars. Not bad for a new baker...
More later on making good bacon once I figure out image tags on here.