So, the night before the Boston Cookie Takedown, I started my baking at about five pm. I doubled the recipe so that I wouldn't have to make fifteen bowls of cookie dough, only seven (and a half?) - If I was lucky.
The recipe I had used goes as follows:
For the Cookie (adapted from How Sweet It Is)
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- ten drops of red food coloring
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar.
Form a small cookie shape, about the size of a quarter. Put a dollop of the cream cheese mixture on the middle.
After manufacturing a few of these, I decided to use a piping bag (and when I say "piping bag," I really mean a ziplock bag with a hole cut in the corner) because I was making such large quantities and I wanted to move as efficiently as possible.
Top each with a larger piece of dough, big enough to be folded over the entire cookie and meet with the bottom, quarter-sized part.
Repeat to cover the cookie sheet.
Bake for 11 minutes, turning halfway through. After the first batch came out of the oven, I tried a few to make sure they were delicious, and they were. Only one problem, I didn't add enough red food coloring. They looked just like chocolate cookies.
Realizing that I had like, at least two or three more sheets of cookies to make with this batch of dough, I decided that the cookie I brought to the contest was going to be a Chocolate Cheesecake cookie.
I baked for about three and a half hours when Kelsey had gotten in touch with me and said she was coming to my area of town. By then, I had about 150 cookies made, and I could desperately use a drink. When she arrived, I had her try a few cookies and hang out while I baked a few more sheets. When I got close to two hundred, we decided to go out for Starry Night shots. I had a few more drinks, stumbled across an article in the paper about the contest, and then eventually wandered home and attempted to bake again.
I baked a batch, and then decided I didn't want to anymore, and went to bed instead. I set my alarm for super early, woke up morning of the contest and baked a couple more sheets of cookies. Then, it was off to the Boston Cookie Takedown.
Check out my next post, Extreme Baking: The Boston Cookie Takedown.