We have a winner!
Last week I blogged about our annual Mother's Day cookoff.
Ed baked the cookies from the recipe in that post. And everyone else (except me) made their own versions, including some that had to be prepared the night before so the dough could “firm up” in the fridge.
The kitchen smelled so good on Sunday during the baking that no one wanted to go out even though it was such a beautiful day here in Connecticut. (But we did).
After dinner we judged The Contest! That was dessert.
You can see that this is a Grand Event, meant to be Earnest and Solemn. Take a look at the form Jesse made as a judging tool (except that my grandson used his own method, as you can see from the yellow pad in his hands at The Contest).
I am the serious looking woman in the Wonder Woman apron (a really cool Mother’s Day gift!).
We cut up each of the four different kinds of cookies into halves and ate them in the same order. Nibbling, tasting, cooing, humming and making all the other noises people make when they are eating something delicious.
And then of course (because the Event was so Serious) we all had to eat more and even a bit more, just to make sure we had the tastes and textures right and we had made up our minds what we liked (or didn’t) about each cookie.
And then we scored the cookies.
And all and all, Jesse’s Chocolate Chippers with All Sorts of Other Stuff got the most points.
And he was very modest about it. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of him dancing around the kitchen.
Actually we all had different favorites. For different reasons. Which is one of the reasons we all love our annual cookoffs. They are very unserious and so much fun and we can all appreciate each others’ efforts and creativity and every year all of us eat everything.
But Jesse did get the most points and so here is his smashing and wonderful recipe, based on an original formula for Compost Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar.
Jesse’s Chocolate Chippers with All Sorts of Other Stuff
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup large Ghirardelli chocolate chips, chopped
1/2 cup chopped Fairway chocolate covered sea salt caramels
2 whole Graham crackers, broken into pieces
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2-1/2 teaspoons ground coffee (not instant)
2 cups Cape Cod potato chips, slightly broken
1 cup broken pretzels
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup corn flakes
Combine the butter, sugars and corn syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer (use paddle attachment or regular beaters if you don’t have one) and beat the ingredients on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and beat for 7-8 minutes at medium speed. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed just until a dough forms. Add the chocolate chips, caramels, graham crackers, oats and coffee and mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Add the potato chips, pretzels, coconut and corn flakes and mix at low speed until just incorporated. Place mounds of dough (about 1/3 cup) onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, leaving plenty of room for the cookies to spread. Pat the tops of the mounds slightly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to 1 week). Be sure to bake the cookies when they are cold, not room temperature. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°. Bake the cookies for about 18 minutes, or until browned at the edges and beige-yellow in the center. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet.
Makes about 20-24 cookies