Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cookie Wars

Maybe I'm supposed to be out having an outrageous life, but I'll tell you what, I had the best Saturday. I slept in, ate lunch, and got to sit outside in the sun and paint for a new project I'm working on.

Gross picture, but I wasn't about to get all fancied up for painting. More to come on that later. I'm super excited.

But other than that, my dad thought it'd be a fun idea to have 'Cookie Wars'. As much as I love to cook and bake, I'm really not into cooking TV shows, so I'm a little clueless on what Cupcake Wars is. Regardless, the goal was for my whole family to each make a batch of whatever type of cookies they wanted. None of us were as excited as my dad, but we all agreed to do it anyways.

It was kind of a blast to go to the grocery store and just get whatever, all for the intention of putting it in a great batch of cookies. This is only what we bought, let alone the pounds of flour and sugar we probably went through.

No one was really sure of exactly what the other was going to make, but the anticipation was high. My dad decided to make a 'Prize-Winning Double Chocolate Chip Cookie', from this cookbook. Here's a link to it.
They turned out extraordinarily well.
My turn was next, and I think what I'm most excited about this post is that it's a recipe I made myself. It's a S'mores cookie, which isn't that original, but I've always wanted to try one. Merging and adapting different recipes, I came up with my own recipe for a S'mores cookie. The recipe will be on a different blog post soon!
My sister (age 13) wanted to try something new and cool, but she's never really baked before. So I set her off on my food Pinterest board and on Sally's Baking Addiction. You can't go wrong with a recipe from Sally.
She found this FABULOUS recipe, Soft-Baked Monster Cookies, which is basically a sugar cookie with peanut butter, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and M&M's. They were incredible.

My littlest brother (age 10) had his turn next, and he resorted to a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies. The kick about these was that they had 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, but they totally changed the way these tasted (in a good way).

Cracking an egg for the first time wasn't his finest moment; here he poses with my mom cleaning up his egg all over the floor.

Note: The recipe calls for peanuts, but we left those out.

We really had no clue what my other brother (age 15) was going to do. He hadn't been near the kitchen all day, so we thought he really didn't care.

Oh, we were wrong.

He knew that we had a million mixes for sugar cookies, and he had made those same sugar cookies for his girlfriend last week for Katie Fisher Day. But knowing that the competition was real, he changed it up a bit.

He took a normal sugar mix and prepared it. Then he added semi-sweet chocolate chips and Reese's peanut butter chips (lots of peanut butter in all of our cookies, no?).

Not only did he add the chips, but after the cookies were baked, he made SANDWICH COOKIES. I've never been so proud. Slathering chocolate icing between two cookies, he made one heck of a double doozie cookie (um, see Great American Cookies if you've never experienced this bliss).

My mom decided to only help, not make her own batch. But if she were to make her own, I'm sure she'd make her perfect chocolate chip cookies.
All in all, we had the best night. Everyone tried their own cookie all at once, and we were surprised by how great they all turned out.
So what if we're a little goofy?
By the time we were finished just making the cookies, it was 10:45 and everyone was getting a little tired. So then when we had five cookies apiece, we felt like we were going to die from a sugar rush.
And if you care? I actually won the 'Cookie Wars'!
Even my grandparents came by this afternoon to try the cookies. We didn't tell them which cookies were which and made them guess. They thought that my dad's cookies were the best.
All in all, it was a fun Saturday. Now we have way too many cookies... but I mean, come on, that's not a terrible thing.

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