Friday, November 28, 2008

Cookie Test Kitchen

I wanted to send some "thank you" packages to some friends this holiday season, and was on the search for some different recipes to accompany old favorites. Before taking the plunge, I made small batches of two new recipes to see how they were...

First up, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies (what a mouthful!). A twist on the oatmeal raisin cookie it seems, I liked the goodness from blueberries and ginger.


The other recipe I tried out were Apricot Butter Cookies, which had the unique addition of dried thyme. To make these a real test, I tried using the Smart Balance 50/50 Unsalted Butter that I've seen in the store. I'd been intrigued and wanted to see if my testers could tell that real butter wasn't used. This was a winning flavor combination, and best of all my grandfather enjoyed the butter :) hehe, he's a stickler!

32 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Damn, I want a "thank you" package from you too!! :-D

glidingcalm said...

those cookies sounds so interesting! so many fun flavors!

Reeni said...

They both look so delicious! I found the blueberry & ginger ones especially appealing. Love the flavors!

Ricki said...

Both sound so yummy and original! Blueberries and ginger would be fantastic, I think. And thyme with apricot? Hmmm. I think I need a tester to be sure ;)

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Holy yummy~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
these cookies looks so good!!!

Erica said...

I bet those will make beautiful and delicious gifts! Nice work! I'm jealous of your friends ;)

Lisa said...

That is awesome that you used smart balance . Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Meg said...

Two yummy cookies! Great job!

magpie said...

Smart balance is great :) I love it!

The cookies look delicious.

eatingbender said...

YUM!! Love the cookies - your friends are very lucky to have you!!

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

I would DEFINITLEY make this-i am just not a huge fan of bluberry--is it possible to omit that?

ttfn300 said...

lee- totally! i can see dried cherries going quite well with this, or apricots. :)

just me said...

omg i'm totally going to have to make those cookies for my family; we just bought dried blueberries!

great job!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Nothing like getting gramp's approval!

GroundedFitness said...

oooo butter and cookie in the same name. Im in.

Kelly Turner
www.groundedfitness.com

MizFit said...

where shall I send my mailing address to again??

NeverSayDiet said...

I love me some ginger. remind me to get on your good side next year!

lauren said...

what great flavor combinations!! wow.

HangryPants said...

Yummy! Whenever I try to bake something other than muffins or bread w/ blueberries it always ends up soggy.

Maria said...

Oh how I love cookies!! They both look good!

seejessrun said...

Oooh it's Christmas cookie time! My favorite. How are those Eating Well cookies? I'm suspicious...

Sharon said...

Simply delicious - I wouldn't mind a couple dozen of each, please. :)

Annie said...

YUM! They both sound really great. I saw Giada DeLaurentiis on the food network make a blueberry cookie once and have wanted to try it! She used lemon with them, but the ginger sounds really good too.

I love apricot anything and I really love this recipe.

Btw, I use smart balance a lot. I tried the 50/50 blend recently too. The cookies turned out good, but somehow I think that when I do my own blend of SB and butter it tastes better. I don't know maybe it was just me? I'll have to try it again. :)

Bridget said...

I love baking new fun cookies!! It's definitely that time of year and I plan to break out the cookie sheets in the near future. I should try that smart balance "butter"!

MacDuff said...

Oh wow, those ginger and blueberry cookies are definitely going on my gift list...thanks for the recipe!

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

Lookin' Good! thank me!

heheh-awesome creativity!

healthy ashley said...

Blueberry and WHite Chocolate? Holy crap. I WOULD eat the whole batch. I just can't contain myself around cookies with white chocolate!

HeatherBakes said...

That's good to know about the Smart Balance- so many butter substitutes do NOT work for baking.

So... do you need my address? I mean, so you know where to send the cookies :)

Rosiecat said...

I LOVE apricots in cookies. The thyme sounds interesting. I've never tried a savory herb like that in a sweet, but it could work...

Yyou've set an excellent example for me: cookies and kindness in the same post!

Sharon said...

So which ones did you like the best? They both sound amazing, but I love the sound of the blueberry flavor combo.

ttfn300 said...

Sharon- you want me to pick my favorite cookie?? i don't think i can, they're different types, each with merit :)

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of using dried blueberries and white chocolate in cookies! As it would have it, IO just saw some dried blueberries in a bulk store the other day. Bookmarked.

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