Blueberry Pancake Cookies

oh my god those look delicious

oh my god those look delicious

It all began last summer when I thought to try and make blueberry pancake cookies. I’d advise you to read my previous posts if you desire further detail on the history.

This is the completed post. The recipe. Phew, finally. On Wednesday I first made them in their final form. Sadly, on Wednesday I was not feeling patient, and threw all the dough recipes in at once, and as a result, the dough was too tough. I tried it again, properly mixing the dry and the wet-plus-sugar separately, and then them together, and also lowered the flour slightly (and adjusted my recipe), and it was fine.

When I last made the frosting out of pure maple syrup, I accidentally did it perfectly. I attempted it four times now, and failed every one. Since I’d already made the cookie part, I reverted to the standard adapted frosting recipe I’d done before (which I thought a fair contender), and tried the cookies both with this frosting and with maple candy. I decided the frosting was an excellent substitute, and about a billion times easier.

Beth loved ‘em. Naomi and Miles said “mmmm.” I made them again on Sunday, and they went over well at Potluck, although there was a distressing comparison made to yogurt covered pretzels*. I also brought some to Matt (of cookrookery) and his friend Rebecca of Flying Tomato Farms, both who said words of yumminess.

A note on ingredients. Maple syrup means 100% maple from trees. If you prefer maple flavored corn syrup, go for it. To each their own. The same applies to the maple extract. I’ve looked in lots of healthy grocery stores, and only found “extracts” that were organic or sans-alcohol, but none that actually had “maple extract” listed as an ingredient, except for Maple Extract by JR Mushrooms & Specialties.

So, here it is. I’m pleased with it and I’m ready to move on. It may look long and complicated, but it’s not really. It makes about 9 cookies (for those with poor sweets impulse control like me, who wish to make small batches). At Potluck, I doubled the recipe by simply doubling all the ingredients and it worked fine.

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baked, but pre-frosted

baked, but pre-frosted

Recipe:

COOKIE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter (very soft/melted)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pint blueberries

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp maple extract

COOKIES:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix: butter, sugar, egg
  3. Mix separately: flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.
  4. Mix wet and dry together.
  5. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls, about 1.5 inches diameter.
  6. Place them 2 inches or so apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Flatten them only very very slightly, and then push 6 blueberries into the top (one berry in center, and five around it, see picture).    

    prebaked

    pre-baked, blueberries pushed in

  8. Bake for 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard.
  9. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

FROSTING:

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Add more syrup in small amounts if needed to be able to spread.
  3. Spread frosting very thickly on cooled cookies. If blueberries fall out, put them back in position and use frosting as “cement” to fix them in place.

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*Back when working as a State of Washington employee, I too often found myself spending money at the vending machine in the mid-afternoon (computing in my head how much more time of my life I’d have to stay at work to feed my vending machine habit). I eventually decided I’d only let myself buy something i found disgusting, thus my decision would be based on pure hunger or low-sugar-levels, rather than be tainted by simply weak wanting of sweets. I chose yogurt covered pretzels, which I found repulsive. The part I find amusing, is that I eventually developed a taste for them too.

5 comments to Blueberry Pancake Cookies

  • Great post! Nice vending machine anecdote. I wish I’d been awake to receive my share of cookies, since you’ll probably never make them again.

  • Thanks! And someday I may make them again…. someday…. but it will be a good while. :)

  • Joal

    I am going to try the recipe this afternoon! No idea whether I will be able to find maple extract, but if not I will improvise madly. We still have some pure maple syrup that my partner bought from Canada awhile back (Héritage Yamaska).

    I will report back with photographic evidence.

    Cheers,
    Joal (Sydney)

  • Joal

    Well, I can’t say that it was a total success… they flattened too much, and didn’t quite cook in the centre as I expected. At least they weren’t heavy or tough… and my partner just went for seconds, so they can’t have been too bad.

    And they do taste yummy.

    Anyway, as promised, here is the photographic evidence.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joal_taylor/sets/72157622173628852/

    Cheers,
    Joal

    P.S. I can’t get the ‘You can use these HTML tags’ link to work.

  • Hey Joal. Hm, they didn’t cook in the center. I don’t know what would cause that outside of oven temperature (but I don’t know much on the finer points of the chemistry of cooking), but they look delicious. The flattening is even more pancake like than mine, so if the texture was good, then yay! And vanilla is a totally find substitute, or simply more maple syrup.

    And thanks so much for trying it! And posting pictures, lovely! This is the first recipe I’ve invented which someone else has made (and told me, and took pics). It really made my day. Thank you!