Wednesday, September 13

3:05 pm : As of yesterday night, I threw a complete curveball and entirely changed my major. As a junior. Not the biggest deal in the world, right? Wrong.

3:09 pm: I just enrolled in Creative Design Methods this morning. Not only do I have this assignment due tonight, but also I have to get this one week assignment finished by 10 pm tonight. Can you spell out college any better?

3:13 pm: Did I mention this assignment includes baking cookies? I don’t own any baking supplies. Nor do I own a cookie sheet.

3:14 pm: *Runs to grocery store*

Final Idea + Recipe

“The Headless Horseman”

This cookie is named after the infamous Halloween character, the Headless Horseman. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the guy with the pumpkin head that crazily rides his horse through some haunted woods. The orange tint in the cookie inspired me to give it its name because it’s still named after a pumpkin, but not just any pumpkin.

  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 c packed brown sugar {1 c white sugar, 1 T maple syrup}
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 16 Oreos
  • 7 Market Pantry {Target} Halloween frosted sugar cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F
  2. Grease cookie sheets
  3. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside
  4. Put 16 Oreos in a large Ziploc bag, crush with a rolling pin. Set aside

5. In a large mixing bowl:

  • Mix together melted butter, *makeshift* brown sugar and white sugar
  • Beat in vanilla, egg and egg yolk
  • Mix in dry ingredients
  • Scrape off orange frosting from 7 Market Pantry Halloween frosted sugar cookies; Mix orange frosting and Oreo crumbs in with dough
  • Stir in white chocolate chips

6. Make 1/4 c size dough balls; 12 per cookie sheet

7. Bake 15–17 minutes

8. Cool on cookie cooling rack

9. Serve and enjoy!

Idea Generation

Growing up, orange Halloween Oreos were my absolute favorite cookies. People would always ask if I liked the red Christmas ones or the yellow springtime ones, but for some reason, the orange ones always had me hooked most. Originally, I was inspired by monster cookies and how they combine so many ingredients into one cookie. Based off of that concept, I started with the idea of a basic chocolate chip cookie and continued to swap ingredients out. I decided to include my favorite cookie, the orange Halloween Oreos*, and then swapped traditional chocolate chips out for white chocolate chips. My other recipe went well, but I decided to follow this recipe instead because it seemed more creative and unique from any other cookie I’ve ever seen. Not to mention some of my makeshift ingredients!

You’ll notice I don’t actually use orange Halloween Oreos in my recipe. Target didn’t carry them yet, so I used orange frosting off of Market Pantry Halloween frosted sugar cookies to incorporate that same orange effect. I also had to make brown sugar from scratch using white sugar and maple syrup.

Idea Test 1

First, I tried to actually bake my ‘Oreo Monster’ cookie that I previously ideated.

I wanted to make a new name and with Halloween being around the corner, I called this one the ‘Monster Mash Up’ cookie (like the song ‘The Monster Mash’). After making chocolate chip cookie dough and including crushed up Oreos and M&M’s, I decided that although it tasted good, it just wasn’t as unique as I had hoped it would turn out in looks and in flavor. This is where I leaned more towards doing the version with Halloween Oreos and white chocolate chips, to spice things up.

Idea Test 2

Next, I followed the same recipe I followed in my first attempt, but swapped out M&M’s and milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. And since Target ruined my original plan and was out of Halloween Oreos, I used plain Oreos in addition to the scraped off orange frosting from Market Pantry Halloween frosted sugar cookies.

The taste was right, and the aspects of the look were right, but the shape and look of the entire batch was inconsistent. The shape and size was different of nearly every cookie. Some showed little to no orange frosting, some didn’t show any white chocolate chips and some did not show much of the Oreo crumbs. I wanted to try again and make them look like a more well put together group.

In light of the Halloween scheme I had going on, instead of naming this something blatantly pumpkin-like, I called it the “Headless Horseman” cookie.


This time I was more meticulous with how I rolled the dough balls prior to baking them. I made sure they were precisely all relative in size and that they all clearly on top showed the several components they were baked with. This did the trick. And so the “Headless Horseman” cookie was born.

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