Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: 24 Cookies in 24 Flavours

Phew, it’s been a busy day what with all that mixing and baking for my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 entry. As you all know, I’m a Cookie Monster through and through so it is no surprise that I submitted a proposal to Foodbuzz for the 24, 24, 24 event and it involved cookies!

I’m sure most of you are intriqued by the title: 24 cookies in 24 flavours. Well, to put it simply, I baked two dozens of cookies and every single one of it is a different flavour. Sounds daunting? Yep, it is pretty daunting. When I submitted the proposal, I thought I must have been outta my mind to want to try this feat. So, when my proposal was accepted, I went into a panic. I wasn’t sure if I was able to pull it off. So, I tested it out over last weekend first and this is what I got:

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24 cookies in 24 flavours

It wasn’t as good as I expected. These are drop cookies but the dough was too soft. I got the cookie recipes from an old cookbook lying around at home. I didn’t have time to bake another batch to try it out but at least I know how to tweak the recipe to suit the different flavours.

Before I know it, Dec 31 is here and I’ve to set about cooking my 24 cookies in 24 flavours. Fortunately, the results are really, really good! Feast your eyes on these:

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24 cookies in 24 flavours

Looks better right? Anyway, I used the basic butter cookie dough and from there, add in the different flavours for each cookie. Here’s the recipe for:

24 Cookies in 24 Flavours

Note: This is the cookie recipe adapted from the Toll House cookies recipe.

Basic dough ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cup flour

24 flavours ingredients

1. a pinch of cinnamon powder

2. two drops of vanilla essence

3. powdered hazelnut

4. two drops of almond essence and almond nibs

5. 2 candied cherries

6. 1 tbsp chocolate chips

7. 1 tbsp raisins

8. 1 moist date, seeded

9. two drops of pandan essence

10. 1 tbsp sunflower seeds

11. 1 tbsp peanut butter

12. 1 tbsp nutella

13. two drops of coffee essence

14. two drops of strawberry essence

15. 1 tsp of 5-spice powder

16. 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder

17. two drops of orange juice / essence

18. 1 tsp pineapple paste

19. 1 tsp apple juice and bits of apple

20. 1 tbsp oats

21. 5 M & Ms

22. Two drops of rose essence

23. 1 tbsp sesame seeds

24. 1 tbsp blueberry jam

Here are some of the stuff I had to get ready to make the cookies:

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Now, on to the method:

Instructions

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1. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream it

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You should cream the butter and sugar until it looks like this, pale and fluffy

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2. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg

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Get your flour ready on the side

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3. Add the egg to the butter-sugar mixture and beat it in

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4. Also add in the initial 1 tsp of vanilla to give the whole batch of cookies a slight fragrant vanilla flavour

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5. Beat it all together until you get this creamy mixture

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6. Sift the flour into the batter

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7. Fold in the flour using a spatula (I used the spatula from Foodbuzz)

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The dough should look like this after folding in the flour

Then comes the tedious part. I used a spoon to scoop up a tablespoon on dough and then add each flavour individually.

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8. Add the flavour to each individual scoop on the spoon. As you can see, I've added two drops of pandan essence here.

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I also used a chopstick to stir the added flavour (in this one it's almond nibs) into the dough on the spoon

After each scoop, I’d wipe out the spoon to start anew for the next flavour. So, this is indeed a very time-consuming process.

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9. I drop the dough onto the cookie sheet before baking them

10. Remember to preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F before baking the cookies.

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Here's another batch of cookie dough

11. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

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Here are the cookies once it is done

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Here it is...24 cookies in 24 flavours

The whole process took me almost two hours!

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Here's a closer look at the cookies

I invited some friends over to try them out…

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So, I wrapped up some of them to give to them

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That's Mr Picky who couldn't wait and gobbled the one with the M & Ms

My friends don’t relish the idea of their pictures being put up here so…

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Here's three of them grabbing the cookies and Mr Picky joining in the fun

I’ll have to say, baking these cookies are probably the most interesting baking adventure I’ve ever tried! It is tedious and takes up loads of time and energy but heck, seeing every last crumb disappear is well worth it. (not to mention me chomping down on a few too!)

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Aren't they all so pretty?

Psst…did you notice that in the spirit of 24, 24, 24, I’ve even posted 24 pictures here for my 24 cookies in 24 flavours post!

Happy new year 2009 everyone!

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Comments: 20

  1. New Kid On The Blog January 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I really salute you for your creativity!!!
    The cookies look damn yummy!!! :)

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  2. cariso January 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    They cookies really look very lovely!

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  4. HoneyB January 2, 2009 at 12:17 am

    What a great cookie post!!!! :)

    Mr. Picky is an adorable little cookie eater!

  5. Jessie January 2, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Oh Foong, what a fabulous idea! I love it! What a great way to make a bunch of different cookies. And Mr. Picky doesn’t look quite so picky there. ;) Hehe. Happy new year!!

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  6. thepinkpeppercorn January 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Happy New Year, and a happy, happy post! Cookies look yummy (and cute pic of the little one enjoying them! hehe)!

    thepinkpeppercorn’s last blog post..More than a Bite at Bouchon, Las Vegas

  7. Gera January 2, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Hi Foong!

    24 Cookies in 24 Flavors great idea and look so yummy!! Have an Excellent Happy New Year 2009!!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

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  8. Hugging the Coast January 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Loved the photos and your idea…so festive!

  9. Marija January 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Amazing lineup of cookies! Happy New Year!

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  10. Foong January 5, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

  11. lingzie January 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    very creative indeed!! i loved the final outcome. those cookies looked so colorful and tasty! nothing beats the fragrant aroma of butter cookies baking away in the oven! ~Yum!~

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  12. Kelly January 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Mmmm. I’m getting a sugar rush looking at all those cookies.

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  13. Aimee January 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

    These are so beautiful! What a creative entry!

  14. stephchows January 7, 2009 at 3:18 am

    What a great idea! For my 24 24 24 celebration we feasted on non-traditional sushi! BBQ, pesto, bacon, were all involved in the rolls :)

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  15. The Duo Dishes January 7, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Congrats on your 24 posting! We must say that 24 different cookies is quite a feat. But they look yummers. We did a 24 post too, and it’s so fun to read them all!

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  16. Sid Khullar January 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Those cookies look beautiful!

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  17. Criz Lai January 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Those were great yummies even in the eyes of this “young child”.. LOL! Congrats for being chosen as one of the 24 winners for FoodBuzz 24,24,24 December 2008.

    http://crizfood.com/

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  18. Foong January 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    lingzhie: oh these cookies are so fragrant, even days after we can still smell the lingering of baked butter cookies in my kitchen!

    Kelly: heheh…it’s not really all that sweet even though it sounds like I have a lot of sugar in it.

    Aimee: thanks

    Stephchows: wow, your entry sounds very interesting.

    The Duo Dishes: Will definitely check out your entry.

    Sid: thanks

    Criz: You can bake it too (or get someone to bake it for you!) ;-)

  19. Nate January 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Great job! thanks for posting the recipe and methods. It’s really helpful.

    Mr. Picky is so cute!

    Nate’s last blog post..In Memoriam: Ryosuke Yoshioka, the Sushi Man of San Francisco

  20. Foong January 17, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Nate: Hi, welcome to my site. Thanks.

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