Go the Distance Playoff Cookies
After a long fruitful baseball season complete with team building and success, I make Playoff Cookies! I started making these for every game as my son’s team advanced in the city playoffs. I had visions of jinxes– my memory traveling back to the classic 1988 film Bull Durham. If I didn’t make the cookies would the team lose? If I didn’t bring them in the same container would they lose? The voices in my head would get me nowhere except maybe into a corn field in Iowa looking for those Chicago Black Sox players.
These are huge confections, not your typical chocolate chip cookie variety. Playoff Cookies are chewy and soft with a little bit of crunch. The mixture of quality chocolate chips along with HEATH toffee bits and butterscotch, make these a huge hit with both young and old. MLB playoffs start on October 5th for the wild card games. For a full list of dates check out the end of this post.
3 1/4 C. flour
1 1/2 tspn. baking soda
1 1/2 tspn. salt
2 sticks butter at room temp.
1 1/4 C. dark brown sugar
1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 tspn. vanilla
1/2 C. HEATH BITS’O BRICKLE Toffee Bits
1 C. 60% Ghiradelli Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 C. Nestlé Butterscotch Morsels
Preheat oven to 375°
Mix together: flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Cream butter with both sugars until light and fluffy (2 minutes in a stand mixer). Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture until just incorporated. Hand stir in the bits and chips. Set dough in the fridge to firm up.
Use two cookie sheets. Use two racks in the oven. Line each sheet with parchment paper. You can skip this step if you don’t have the parchment. I use a 1/4 c. scoop. Place six scoops onto each cookie sheet with plenty of space in between. Mash the dough down so that the height of the dough is approximately 1/2” high.
Place each sheet into the oven and set your timer for 6-7 minutes. Pull sheets after this time, turn trays around and move each sheet to the opposite rack. Bake for 6-7 minutes more. You should get a large golden brown cookie! Using a large spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack. If you are using a convection oven, I suggest watching the cookies during the second round of baking as these will brown very quickly.
Playoff Cookies pack well for taking to games and picnics. The kids love the size and the parents love the taste. Better yet, make ice cream sandwiches with Edy’s Slow Churn Light Ice Cream. This ice cream has no sugar added with 1/3 fewer calories and 1/2 the fat. The mild flavor of this ice cream blends well with the more intense flavor of the cookie. I soften the ice cream a bit and then spoon it onto the bottom of the cookie in about 3/4” thickness. Place the top onto the sandwich and then run a demitasse spoon around the edges to smooth out the sides. Wrap in saran wrap and place in the freezer for an after school treat!
October 5 Wildcard
October 6-12 American and National League Division Series
October 13-21 American League Championship Series
October 14-22 National League Championship Series
October 24-November 1 World Series
Who’s going all the way this year? Do you believe in baseball jinxes?