Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crispy Caramel Cookies

Crispy Caramel Cookies
Food Diary (November 22, 2011)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast
Lunch: Polenta and lentils
Dinner: Polenta and lentils, sourdough toast
Baking/sweets: Crispy Caramel Cookies

This is the most weird and unusual recipe I have developed. It results in a delicious crispy low fat cookie with a caramel flavor. And the recipe only requires sugar, flour, butter/oil and water.

Before I go any further, I should say that because the recipe is unusual, you may not get it right the first time. You may require a few practice runs, depending on your luck, patience, skill and other unexplained factors. If you have never made cookies before or don’t make cookies often perhaps this is not a good recipe for you. Its better to spend your time and resources on a more conventional recipe.

I was a bit hesitant in posting the recipe. I have tested this recipe many many times, the cookies turn out different every time, but always delicious. The first time I tried it the cookies turned out to be one of the crispiest I have ever had. That never repeated again, though it has been crispy every time.

The recipe uses water which is an unusual ingredient for a cookie. Water does not add any flavor but it is used for bringing the dough together and for the crispiness. When water evaporates it acts as a raising agent, creating a crispier cookie. The recipe is available here.

Today's Favourite Photo
Raspberry Chutney (in a Trifle)

Today’s Favourite Blog
Perhaps the timing for publishing this article was far from ideal, considering it’s just before Thanksgiving.

By 2020 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women are projected to be overweight or obese, according to Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Currently, 72 percent of men and 63 percent of women are overweight or obese.

The future is uncertain, it is too far away! Only time will tell whether the projections are accurate or not but what is shows today is lack of confidence on programs to reduce obesity. The programs are not expected to work, or maybe obesity would have been much worse without the program. In any case the projected numbers are alarming. The fast food industry must be rubbing their hands in glee.

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  1. Oh, yeah, those cookies sound wonderful!! Anything caramelly is OK with me :) And love those raspberry trifles, too...quite beautiful. And then you had to spoil it with an obesity article ;) Just balancing it all out, right?

  2. Awww ... how's that for being encouraging and supportive? Hug.
    Haha ... Lizzy's right about balancing articles. But I believe those stats apply more towards the US and China these days ... and having a Fast Food Day? That sure helps.

  3. I'm okay with practice runs...it means more taste testing for me!

  4. dare I saw those cookies look like the best darn cookies i have ever seen. the crispy outer edge and what I can only imagine as a moist chewy center! YUMMMMMM!

  5. These cookies look unusual and delicious! I know very well the "other unexplained factors"... They appear in so many baked sweets!
    You are right to mention obesity before the approaching Christmas. It's not much fun, but it's better to remember such an article when taking a second serving of a rich cake than crying over the trousers that don't fit any more after the festive meals ;-)

  6. Lizzy: I guess I did spoil the party with that article. As you say its about balancing it out!

    ping: you are welcome. Those stats are only for the US, only US data was analyzed. Yes Fast Food Day helps, along with eating competitions and many other incentives.

    Joanne: that’s the upside!

    Kitchen Belleicious: thank you so much, yes some cookies were slightly moist and chewy on the inside

    Sissi: thank you. Yes those unexplained factors and baking. Same story with ANZAC Cookies, they always turn out different. That’s a positive way of looking at it, maybe it will make a difference for some people. I suspect most people well think its Xmas, it only comes once a year, let me eat well and exercise and diet the rest of the year:)