Satisfaction Cookies

Satisfaction Cookies
Staff Writer

Frank Anzalone

Satisfaction is a fruit-and-cheese plate all in one cookie. Whether served before or after a meal, this sumptuous soft cookie with a light nut crunch perfectly complements a bubbly wine. If you’re making this recipe with a mild blue cheese, use pears. For a strong blue cheese, use peaches.

Ingredients

  • 3/4  Cups  unsalted butter, softened
  • 1  Cup  light brown sugar, packed
  • large egg
  • 1  Teaspoon  lemon juice
  • 2 1/4  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  finely chopped thyme
  • Bartlett pears, unpeeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  cracked black pepper
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/3  Cup  crumbled blue cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and lemon juice. Beat until well blended.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt and add to butter mixture. Beat until just incorporated.

Stir in the fresh ginger, thyme, pears, black pepper, and walnuts. Do not stir in blue cheese.

Scoop or drop the dough by 1-teaspoon portions and place 1 ½ inches apart on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet. Place 1 blue cheese crumble on the center of each cookie. Don’t place more than one crumble; any more cheese will overwhelm the cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Let sit for a couple of minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
16g
12%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
9µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
32mg
3%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
48µg
12%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
26mg
8%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
76mg
11%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
316mg
21%
Water
13g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

Cookie Wine Pairing

Milk is more traditional with cookies than wine in the U.S., but a few cookies and a glass of sweet wine make a simple, enjoyable dessert. Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based cookies; sauternes or sweet German wines with sugar cookies; cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts; Italian vin santo with biscotti.