Because I am both A - a lucky duck, and B - a person who makes up a lot of recipes for baked goods because I'm never satisfied with a boring plate of cookies, I think this is well within my wheelhouse. The recipe has to be original or significantly changed from the source material. Ever since I worked in a candy store and I was enlisted to help taste and create new flavors of fudge and candy I have felt confident in trying new things and have created lots of new treats for my coworkers and family over the years. I know I can make delicious things and put a creative twist on the traditional ingredients, but here is a question for you...
What exactly would you consider a cookie to be?
I would really like to make my signature holiday treat for this contest. As many of you know I make rum balls all the time. I have flavors I've made for special occasions, and my favorite go to which is a Mexican chocolate variety that I have recently made with Fireball whiskey to up the cinnamon flavor. I'm thinking that the Almond Joy rum balls I made to raise money for Relay for Life a few years ago would be a really eye catching and delicious entry, but is it a cookie? You don't technically bake them although you do a lot of labor intensive melting, mixing, rolling and prettifying. I think I could write a recipe that was easy to follow and also able to be modified to make without actual alcohol if necessary (although it would be sad!), but I also want to have a qualifying entry and I may have to resort to a different "cookier" recipe. I have a candy apple cookie which might be fun too.
What do you think? There aren't many specific rules, and I do think the Almond Joy rum balls would be a crowd pleaser. They consist of marzipan, Parrot Bay, chocolate and coconut along with a bunch of other good stuff. The candy apple cookies are a shortbread base with a melted cinnamon caramel swirl and a crumb topping of apple and white chocolate.
Should I do a taste testing? Do you think I would be able to find volunteers? Is this a dangerous question?
|My rum beanie is an important part of the process. Obi-Wan finds it hilarious.|