Cookies

Final Idea & Recipe

Breakfast cookies. Let’s say you’re rushed for time and need to get to work or get the kids to school. These would be an easy food to quickly grab in the morning to get some food in you. We eat donuts for breakfast and they’re basically a dessert. So why not cookies?

After multiple ideas and tests I finally made a batch that worked. They included coffee, cinnamon toast crunch cereal and sugar cookie dough as a base.

Recipe:

1 package of sugar cookie mix, 2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 1 cup coffee, 2 eggs, 1 stick butter

Mix cookie mix, butter and eggs. Slowly add coffee and cereal. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

Idea Generation

I began by thinking what are the different aspects of a cookie so that I can figure out what I can change and experiment with. I figured that the elements of a cookie are: flavor, shape, texture, ingredients (separate from flavor since flavor is the overall combination of the different ingredients), and experience. I decided shape wouldn’t factor in since anyone can change the basic shape of the cookie so that’s not very creative. Texture was difficult because then you dive into the question of if it’s a cookie not. I decided the main elements I would experiment with are ingredients (to change the overall flavor) and experience.

I then thought of foods that I enjoy eating. That’s when I came upon my two test cookie ideas: french toast and breakfast.

Idea Test 1: Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. There are so many different options. Since it’s the most important meal of the day I decided to make it my final idea.

My originally plan included a little scrambled eggs and or hash browns, coffee (to wake you up), and a cereal of your choice. I’m a big fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch so that’s what I used.

After some thinking i decided to cut out the eggs and go with a simpler recipe since too many different ingredients can ruin a cookie so I stuck with the cereal and coffee, a basic breakfast. The trick was getting the ratio of each ingredient right. But with some tampering I finally got it.

Idea Test 2: French Toast Cookies

My first thought was a french toast cookie (I love french toast). I would use a basic cookie dough for the base and add chunks of french toast. I also thought about using a piece of french toast and surrounding it with dough to make a stuffed french toast cookie but that made cooking difficult.

The problem was getting the right amount of french toast. I tried a small batch but they were mostly french toast so they weren’t really cookies. I then tried a small batch of less french toast but they didn’t taste too good.

Ultimately, I scraped the idea in favor of a more general breakfast cookie instead. The french toast may have been a more intriguing idea but if they taste poor and no one eats them then whats the point.

Iteration

As I stated above I went through many iterations with both of my test batches. with the french toast cookies I had to get the ratio right. First I added to much french toast and not enough dough, then too much dough and not enough french toast. I also learned that it was difficult to cook both the french toast and dough together as they cooked at different rates. That’s the eventual reason I scraped the idea.

With the cereal cookies it was mainly getting the ratio right. I started with not enough cereal but I continued adding more and more until the ratio was right.

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