Today's suggested assignment was to "create a new cookie. Name it and design a box that will make people want to try it.".
Well-- it's cookies-- and-- Ike's mom is a bit of an over achiever (and now a jobless over achiever) sooooooo...... i think you can imagine how this might spin wildly out of control. We weren't five minutes into this project before I suggested we make the cookies. Then Ike suggested a particular design for the packaging (he wanted a long box to hold several cookies). So he wrote out his cookie plan, which looked like this:
Then we went to Trader Joe's and bought these:
And to Michael's a bought a box or two... and then we came back home and I started to actually make his cookies. He decided everyone needed to suggest several names for the cookie, then he would choose which one he liked best. In the end the choices were= Rolo cookies, Caramel Berry Cookies, Mi Cookies, and Ike's delight. He chose the latter and designed a box that looks like this:
It's still missing the picture he took of the chocolate and strawberry to put on each end, but otherwise- -it's done. And the cookies look like this:
If you haven't guessed from the above "master plan"-- these are a vanilla base dough with rolo's candy (he spelled it roolos) OR in our case, trader joe's dark chocolate covered caramels, and a chocolate covered strawberry on top.
Ike's both a genius and a delight-- and so are his cookies.
Here's the recipe if you'd like to give them a go. they are really really delicious with or without the strawberry. :)
The vanilla cookie base is from a fantastic little book called "Milk and Cookies" by Tina Casaceli. Everyone should read it. I changed the ingredients very very slightly, but this is mostly like hers.
2 Cups Old-fashioned rolled oats
2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chocolate covered caramels
1 Tablespoons cocoa powder OR flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temp.
1/2 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Cut chocolate candies into small (chocolate chip size pieces) add cocoa or flour and toss together (these will keep the candies from sticking together.
Preheat oven to 350.
Put oats in a food processor and process until finely ground.
In a large bowl mix together the ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer until it's soft. Then mix butter on medium for 3 or so minutes until light and creamy. With the beater running add the granulated sugar, then the brown sugar beating until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla and when blended slowly beat in the reserved dry mixture. When the dough is mixed, but still streaky, remove from the mixer and by hand, mix in the chocolate candy pieces.
Drop by Tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 10 minutes at 350, or until lightly brown.