|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol’s “Caffeinated Pancake” Mocha Cookie|
Maybe you’ve graduated from arrowroot teething biscuits to gourmet cookies. However, a wild, ravenous Cookie Monster still lives inside you. Right? If you are interested in making and sharing your cookies, see below.
Here are 3 tips for making customized cookies:
1. Change the type of fat. Shortening gives cookies an entirely different texture than butter does. For example, think of an all butter chocolate chip cookie. It has snap. It can have browned edges and crisp. If you use shortening, you are likely to end up with a more uniform colored chewy soft cookie. Snickerdoodles are the perfect recipe to illustrate the use of different fats. Snickerdoodles use both shortening for moisture and butter for crackly-crisp. This magical cookie also uses cream of tartar for that distinct chewy-crunch.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Aresauburn Chocolate Chip Dough|
2. Alter the leavening ingredient. Adding or subtracting whole eggs changes the cookie from cakey to shortbread-like. You can use egg whites only for a gluten-free almond cookie using just white sugar and almond meal. In another example, you may use baking powder and sour cream for loft. Other times you might rely on baking soda only. Bar cookies such as brownies get their dense crumb from whole eggs without other leavening.
3. Experiment with the moisture content. Are you looking for a pastry-crust type cookie? You might use hot water for gingerbread. You might pour heavy cream for scones. You are likely to add a tablespoon of milk for sugar cookies. If you add dried fruit, bear in mind they these might need to be soaked in rum or juice first. If you plan on restricting the amount of milk, water, cream, vegetable oil or alcohol in the cookie dough, be aware of how this will affect the bite of cookie. For example, if you plan to give cookies to your friend with toddlers or an adult with recent dental work in the house, you might want to avoid sticky caramel sauces over hard biscotti. You can imagine that such hard, dry cookies can damage sensitive gums. If you want to limit the amount of oil used, consider using a fruit sauce to compensate for the moisture. Apple sauce is a popular substitute.
Use my gourmet mocha cookie recipe to test out the 3 tips. The texture is similar to a baked pancake with zero crisp. I call this my caffeinated pancake cookie.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Maggiesdewdrop Creations Buttercream|
Here’s your baking challenge. Try out the 3 tips and create your own crisp, chewy, cakey, or flaky mocha treat. Lucy Baker of The Boozy Baker Cookbook gives a similar example Black and White Russian Cookies in Brooklyn with many permutations.
For example, do you prefer your cookies delicate or heavy like pound cake? Do you expect Black and White cookies to be shiny with fondant or swirled with buttercream?
Contact me if you’d like to share your results.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 TB instant coffee
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp rum
1 tsp Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 TB corn syrup
2 TB water
1 TB rum
1/2 tsp Kahlua
2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol’s Kitchen Cooling Rack|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol’s Kitchen Kahlua Icing|
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop batter in 1/4 cup pools onto a cookie sheet lined with baking parchment. Bake for 20 minutes per batch. Cool on a wire rack and decorate with icing.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Jeffry_Allen Tiramisu|
Note: The batter relies on the sour cream and buttermilk for fat. Add butter and/or shortening and reduce the dairy liquid. Experiment with making this cookie with non-dairy nut milk if you are not allergic to nuts.
You can serve this with whipped cream or as a cookie sandwich with marshmallow creme.
You can also whip 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 10 oz heavy cream, 8 oz of light cream cheese, 2 TB of rum, 1 tsp of Kahlua and pour this in a martini glass for a cookie parfait that tastes like tiramisu.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons Stu_Spivack Parfait|
Have fun! C is for Cookie!