It’s no surprise to my many RV Cooking Show viewers and readers that I’m no baker. However, pre-RV I was once known as the “marvelous Mrs. Schmarder” when I (frequently) showed up at my husband’s workplace with a plate full of these delicious cookies. Fast forward several years and I was visiting with an RV friend just before the holidays and the talk turned to cookies. Apparently, his sis has a cookie biz and my special recipe got his attention.
You are probably thinking “c’mon…what kinda cookie...get on with the recipe” right? I hesitate only because you might wrinkle your nose and stick out your tongue before quickly navigating away from this page. Hold on now…please don’t get scared and run away. Before the 'reveal' I want to tell you my friend made my special cookie recipe for his family over the holidays and they all raved…couldn’t put their finger on the special ingredient that gave them a rich and delicious taste…even the cookie seller sis…really.
Okay, here it goes…introducing my Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies. There, I said it…are you still here??
Yes, I know it sounds kooky but I got this recipe a long time ago (I didn’t even know what an RV was back then) when searching for something to bring to a 'garlic' party and they are fabulous. Truth is, you DO NOT taste a full on garlic taste but rather something subtle, sweet, and flavorful in the aftertaste.
The how-to is simple and you probably have the “special” ingredients on hand: 2 small cloves of finely minced garlic and pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup, okay?).
1. Place 2 small cloves of finely minced garlic in a small bowl or ramekin.
2. Cover with pure maple syrup.
3. Allow to mix, meld, and mingle while you whip up a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. I use the Tollhouse recipe on the back of the bag…nothing fancy there. The longer it sits the more mellow the flavor...give it at least 30-45 minutes (in case you are a fast baker).
4. Right before you are ready to scoop and bake add the garlic/syrup combo, mix well, and commence baking.
Now here’s a tip…don’t tell anyone about our little “secret ingredient” (or they might not take a chance on them). Instead, see if they can guess…betcha they can’t.
Direct from my RV kitchen, give these cookies a go and let me know what you think…I dare you.
Monday, February 22, 2010