During the initial research stage I just looked up different kinds of interesting cookies and found a lot of ideas that I initially had were already taken. This lead me to do further exploration and more brainstorming on type of possible cookies. Another tool I used for my research was flavorpairing.com to bounce flavor ideas around.
In the brainstorming part of my creative process I used a mind map to connect flavors that went together well. In addition I also tried to list out as many cookie ideas as I could think of. I used this in conjunction with flavorpairing.com as well.
Cookie Idea 1
The first idea I decided to try out was jalapeño, pineapple, ginger cookies. I used a pineapple cookie base recipe and added chopped jalapeño and ground ginger to the batter. It was much spicier than I had intended it to be, however after the baking process the spice level dropped and reached the level I wanted it to be at. I also created a ginger icing for the top of the cookie from my own recipe.
Cookie Idea 2
My second cookie idea was for Thanksgiving style cookies using sweet potato, pumpkin rosemary, and a cranberry walnut icing. I used a pumpkin cookie base recipe and substituted half of the pumpkin with pureed sweet potato. These cookies ended up being delicious but I didn’t think that they were as creative as the first idea.
Final Cookie Iteration
For the final cookie I decided to go with the Jalapeño Pineapple Ginger Cookies. I chose this idea because I thought the flavor pairing was more original and because all the people who sampled it enjoyed it. For my final iteration I decided to add crystalized ginger on top for a better presentation and added ginger flavor.
Jalapeño Pineapple Ginger Cookies
1 Cup sugar
1 Large egg
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup crushed pineapple with juice
3 1/2 Cups flour
For the icing
2 Cups powdered sugar
Pineapple juice until right consistency
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
Ground ginger to taste
Timeline and outline
Tuesday 9/5/17 — Receive assignment, create timeline
Wednesday 9/6/17 —Research different types of cookies and different cooking methods
Thursday 9/7/17 — Brainstorm cookie ideas, mind map ideas
Friday 9/8/17 — Create first type of cookie
Saturday 9/9/17 — Iterate first type of cookie
Sunday 9/10/17 — Create second type of cookie
Monday 9/11/17 — Iterate second type of cookie
Tuesday 9/12/17 — Update process on blog
Wednesday 9/13/17 — Final iteration of both types of cookies, create final batches
Thursday 9/14/17 — Present cookies to class