Monday, June 20, 2011

Cookies and Dad's

For Father's Day we had a hot dog bar extravaganza that only Mother Marcie could put together. I, of course, was responsible for dessert. I couldn't think of a better dessert that said "DAD's", than cookies. So dessert consisted of assorted cookies and root beer floats. I made two very generic cookies, for those that were less adventurous, and then two cookies that were a little "out-there"; one recipe I have tried before, and loved, and another recipe because it looked interesting.

I made classic Grandma Cole recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are my families favorites, I like to think that I have perfected the recipe, and with Grandpa Lyle's seal of approval, I know I have.

Peanut Butter Cookies. We didn't have a family recipe, so between my mom and I we looked at a few different recipes and created our version. I think this recipe will stick, not only because they were good; but because Grandma Sheri said they reminded her of he childhood, with that statement, I knew we were on the right track.

Root Beer Cookies. We saw this recipe a few years ago in the Deseret News and decided to give it a try. It is basically an oatmeal cookie with root beer extract instead of vanilla. You then frost them, with what else; root beer frosting. They are very good, and my brother Hayden's favorite. I haven't perfected this recipe yet, but I think I will try a few things and see what happens. If you go to the Deseret News website you can find the recipe, and no a tablespoon of baking soda is not a typo.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. I saw this recipe in Food Network magazine and was intrigued. I had heard of peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, and chocolate dipped bacon, so I thought why not try it. Making these cookies is a little more work than people usually want to do, at least the first time making them. Here is my philosophy as I learned from the best cook I know, my mom; when you are cooking a new recipe, follow it exactly the first time. After that you are welcome to make any tweaks or changes that you would like. Since I have now made this recipe once, I will now change it. The dough is very loose, not like a normal cookie. Next time I make these, I will use either the good ole' reliable Chocolate Chip recipe or the Peanut Butter recipe as my "dough canvas", and then add in the bacon. Eating these is an interesting adventure. Your palette isn't quite sure what it should be tasting, is it sweet, salty, savory? I think these have potential to be a hit, with a few adjustments.

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