Sunday, March 20, 2005

Meet the Cookie Panel

If you’ve been reading my regular Mondays with Maida series, you know I’ve been bringing cookies into my office nearly every week. I decided to enlist the help of a few of my coworkers in evaluating the cookies each week. That way you’ll get several points of view. I’ve asked that each week they rate the cookie on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the best possible score) and give me some brief comments. After collecting their ratings and remarks for the first cookie (to be posted tomorrow), I think I can say they won’t be afraid to tell it like it is!

I asked each panelist to jot down what they like in a cookie. Here are their responses:

Suzanne: “1. Anything chocolate or with chocolate chips; 2. Anything with nuts; and 3. I prefer a crunchy cookie rather than a cake textured cookie.”

Denny: “I am honored to be on the CCC (Cathy’s Cookie Committee). I generally like Chocolate & Nuts or Nutty.”

Laura: “Depending on my mood and taste at the moment, I like all kinds of cookies (crunchy, chewy, thin, thick, with nuts, without nuts, etc…).”

Phil: “Willing to try just about any type of cookie with the exception of the really unconventional (e.g. cicada cookies or anything with bugs in them). Generally biased in favor of cookies that aren’t dry. Favorite ingredients include: chocolate, most nuts, cranberry, prune, or a noticeable hint of interesting spices.”

Lest you think that Phil has been watching too much “Fear Factor”, I should explain his remark about cicada cookies. During last spring’s Brood X cicada emergence, another coworker actually baked some cicada cookies. I didn’t hear about these until after the fact, but I’m with Phil on this one. I like cookies, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere!


Jessica "Su Good Sweets" said...

Hmm, I like my cookies chewy (not crisp or cakey), preferably without nuts, and chocolate is a big plus! I'd try the cicada cookies, as long as they were ground up really fine.

Cathy said...

Hi Jessica! You're a brave soul!

Cerebrum said...

Cathy that's such a great idea! I'm looking forward to tomorrow... And I'd pass on the cicada too, eiuw!

Cathy said...

Hi Zarah - thanks! Nothing like sharing the work load!

santos. said...

when you said cookie panel, i imagined a family den with walls covered in cookies :-)

cicadas are okay. you really don't want to grind them up as the thorax is sort of mushy. but the rest of it is sort of barky.

Anonymous said...

Neat! I like the idea of a cookie panel. Sounds like you have some great co-workers!

Cathy said...

Hi Santos - great idea! Then you could "redecorate" on a regular basis! Now about those cicadas...yuk!

Hi Alice - Thanks - I do!