Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Curious Case of Brown Sugar Cookies

My baking adventure this week again took me into the late hours of the night, so I am posting another day-old entry. Please forgive me. Next time I will try to manage my time more efficiently... who am I kidding? Of course that won't happen!

Onto the cookies - this week it was Brown Sugar Cookies. I have to admit, I wasn't that excited for this one because it sounded a little boring. BC called this one of the most "versatile" doughs tested, which was a little intriguing, but the ingredients were just so basic that I had my doubts that they could be that tempting. Happily, I can report that my lack of faith was unjustified! I say this based on the reaction I received from my coworkers, who managed to polish off the entire container I brought with me in a matter of a few hours.

As for the cookie making itself, it was pretty easy. No exotic (or mess-inducing) methods were employed, other than the 1 hour required chill time. My big excitement this week was that I was able to utilize my new teaspoon size ice-cream scooper thingy. I already had a larger one, but since most of these recipes have been calling for "rounded teaspoon" sized drops, I wanted to find one that met that need, as I've grown tired of using my actual teaspoon and mini spatula to scoop out each cookie. All I can say is, thank goodness for Williams Sonoma and their endless supply of kitchen gadgetry.

These cookies turned out to be a little different than I expected. Up until now, the drop cookies have come out rather thick and cake-y. However, these surprising little yummies baked out quite flat, as you will see in the picture. If I had to compare them to anything, I would say that they taste like a cross between a Snickerdoodle and a sugar cookie - very moist, yet not overpowering. Definitely one that I would endeavor to recreate (upon request).

So... my next cookie has me a little scared. The name should enlighten you as to the source of my fear - Pineapple Cookies. These call for actual pineapple, and given my general distrust of cookies with fruit, I'm not sure I will personally be able to consume them. However, if this week is any indication, I may be pleasantly surprised, so I will attempt to keep an open mind. Perhaps the tropical fruit will bring to mind warmer climates, which would certainly be helpful in the middle of the winter doldrums!

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