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While my passion may lay in cooking delicious meals and baking tasty treats, I still live the “American Dream” during the day by working the old 9-5. Luckily my “9-5” is actually a 6-3 which gives me more time in the afternoon to work on coming up with new ideas and recipes to try. And my job is always closed on Sundays so I have that guaranteed day to myself. But once in awhile there is an even rarer occurrence when both the wife and I both have off on Sunday.
This past Sunday was one of those times; we decided to spend the time together and bake up some cookies for the week. After debating over a couple ideas, we couldn’t decide on just one so doubled our efforts and went with two different kinds. To save time on all the measuring that comes with baking, we took liberties with shortcuts on each recipe with wondrous results. I have always liked the combination of pistachio and white chocolate together in a cookie.
At my old job, we made a pistachio white chocolate chip cookie and everyone clambered in to grab them while they could. By cutting back on the flour in the recipe and subbing it with pistachio pudding mix, I was able to give these extremely moist cookies a nice green color to go with the theme. It is important to use CLEAR vanilla extract and restrain the use of brown sugar; deviating from those recommendations can muddy the color of the cookies.
Time Required: 45 minutes 24 cookies
The second kind of cookie we decided to make was based on the idea of “dumptruck” desserts (otherwise known as “trash cookies” or “everything but the kitchen sink”). When I was younger, I used to love the Hershey’s white chocolate cookies and cream bars. That was my go to chocolate of choice back then before my palate refined to the taste of how delicious dark chocolate actually was. Since we already had white chocolate chips for our other cookie recipe, the idea of using vanilla cake mix to cut back on measuring combined with crushed cookies was a winning combination.
Time Required: 55 minutes 36 cookies
Recipe by Steven Wineke. Steven is a cooking enthusiast and avid tabletop game designer based in the Maryland/DC area. His life and work experiences have given him a passion for food & drink, creating new kitchen concoctions along the way. Surpassing the traditional ideology of higher education, he prefers a more hands-on experience, learning from others around him.
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