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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Recipe: Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies

Stack of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies

Recipe: Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies



And for my next trick...

Last week I started some Cookie experiments, playing with a Cookie & Cracker mash-up that resulted in Cheddar Goldfish Cookies. The results were dangerously delicious. As an act of self-defense, they were quickly shared until the cooling racks were free of any lingering temptations. But I wanted more.

This would just be the beginning. That Cookie & Cracker combination set my mind spinning as I realized the technique had boundless potential. There are just so many salty junk foods begging to be mixed into delicious Cookies! Can you hear the call of the Doritos?

And what about Cereal? Oh, the potential!

As any Cereal connoisseur will tell you, Cap'n Crunch™ lives up to its name. These guys can hold their own in a bowl of Milk. No soggy breakfasts here (I'm talking to you, Rice Crispies!) And if that were not sufficient proof, just look at the damage they can inflict on the roof of your mouth!

As a result, Cap'n Crunch is the perfect candidate for being turned into a Cookie. Combined with a base Cookie Dough that also includes Corn Meal to bring some extra Corn flavor and textural crunch, this is the perfect breakfast Cookie. I bet you didn't realize that such a thing existed, but it does now!

Close Up of Cap'n Crunch Cereal
A breakfast favorite for many, when Cap'n Crunch takes shape as a Cookie, the results are rather amazing.

Sheet Tray of Cap'n Crunch "Crunch"
As with the Cheddar Goldfish Cookies, the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies begin with making a "Crunch". Inspired by recipes from Momofuku Milk Bar, these Crunches transform dry crumbly ingredients, such as Crackers or Cereal, in a way that enhances their texture and flavor, making them better ingredients with which to bake.

Begin by crushing the Cap'n Crunch Cereal either by placing it in a plastic bag and beating it with a rolling pin, or by briefly grinding it in a food processor. Do not crush the Cap'n Crunch Cereal into too fine a dust. Some larger pieces are good for texture.

Mix the crushed Cap'n Crunch Cereal with Corn Meal, Milk Powder, Sugar and Salt. The Corn Meal adds to both the Corn flavor and the crunchy texture. Milk Powder adds flavorful Sugars, Fats and Milk Proteins in a dry form. And a small amount of added Sugar brings just a touch more sweetness, because Cap'n Crunch is already plenty sweet.

To bind the ingredients, melt Butter and pour it over the mixture. Stir the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" until all of the ingredients are well-combined. The Butter will hydrate the crumbly mixture, but it will not cause the ingredients to form a dough.

Spread the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" in a thin layer on a silpat lined sheet tray, and bake it for about 20 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees Celsius). The Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" is done when it becomes noticeably fragrant and is crispy when it cools.

The Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" will keep well for a week 
when stored at room temperature in an airtight container.


Stirring Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" Into Cookie Dough
While the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" cools, prepare the base Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough. It is a relatively simple mix that begins with creaming Butter and Sugar, slowly streaming in an Egg & Egg Yolk mixture until it is well incorporated, and then adding the dry ingredients, mixing until they are just incorporated (so as to not develop too much gluten).

Once the base Dough is prepared, gently stir in some of the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch". Wrap the prepared Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to rest and chill for at least an hour (ideally overnight). Chilling the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough helps develop flavor. Just as important, it is easier to portion and roll the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough when it is chilled.


Unbaked Portioned Balls of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies
When the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough is well-chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).

Portion the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough into 45g portions (recommended size) and form each portion into a ball. Roll each ball in the remaining Cap'n Crunch "Crunch", taking time to make sure the exteriors are well coated.


Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" Coated Balls of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies
Arrange the balls of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough on a parchment lined sheet tray. Baking on parchment will help to reduce the spread of the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies as they bake. Using a silpat is not recommended.


Stack of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies
Bake the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies for approximately 15 minutes or until they just begin to brown and become crispy at the edges. The centers should remain soft and chewy. Allow the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies to cool on the sheet tray.

The Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies will keep well for up to a week when stored at room temperature in an airtight container. The Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies can be frozen for a couple of months in an airtight container. Allow the Cookies to temper to room temperature before serving.




- The Recipe -




Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies:


Yield1,350g (2 1/2 Dozen 45g Cookies)

Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough Ingredients:
  • Butter: 225g (1 Cup / 2 Sticks)
  • Sugar: 200g (1 Cup)
  • Glucose -or- Corn Syrup: 90g (3/8 Cup)
  • Vanilla Extract: 5g (1 Tsp)

  • Eggs: 50g (1x)
  • Yolks: 40g (2x)

  • Bread Flour: 315g (2.5 Cups)
  • Corn Meal: 75g (0.5 Cup)
  • Milk Powder: 45g (2/3 Cup)
  • Baking Powder: 16g (1 Tbls)
  • Salt: 6g (1 Tsp)

  • Cap'n Crunch "Crunch": 200g (~1 Cup)


Cap'n Crunch "Crunch":
  • Cap'n Crunch Cereal: 180g (6 oz)

  • Milk Powder: 45g (2/3 Cup)
  • Corn Meal: 35g (~0.25 Cup)
  • Sugar: 25g (2 Tbls)
  • Salt: 6g (1 Tsp)

  • Butter, melted: 115g (0.5 Cup / 1 Stick)

* Inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar Crunch recipes




Directions:

Cap'n Crunch "Crunch":


Yield: 400g (~2 Cups)

1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees Celsius).

2. Place the Cap'n Crunch Cereal in a gallon plastic bag and break it into smaller pieces using a rolling pin. Alternatively, the Cap'n Crunch Cereal can be ground in a food processor.

Chef's Note: The Cap'n Crunch Cereal should not be ground into too fine a dust. Some bigger pieces are good for texture.

3. Add the Milk Powder, Corn Meal, Sugar and Salt to the ground Cap'n Crunch Cereal. Stir the dry ingredients together until they are well combined.

4. Melt the Butter and pour it over the Cap'n Crunch Cereal mixture. Stir the mixture until the Butter is evenly incorporated.

5. Spread the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" in a thin layer on a parchment or silpat lined sheet tray.

6. Bake the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" for approximately 20 minutes or until the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" becomes fragrant and cools crispy.

Storage:
The Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" will keep well for a week when stored at room temperature in an airtight container.




Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies:


Yield: 1,350g (2 1/2 Dozen 45g Cookies

1. Prepare the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" and let it cool. Set aside 200g (1 Cup) of the Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" for the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough. Set aside the remaining Cap'n Crunch "Crunch" in a large bowl for coating the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies before baking.

2. Place the Butter, Sugar, Glucose (or Corn Syrup) and Vanilla Extract in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the ingredients smooth until they become light and airy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.

3. Combine the Egg and Yolks in a small bowl and gently whisk them together. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly stream the Egg mixture into the creamed Butter and Sugar. Beat the mixture until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture again becomes light and airy.

4. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the Bread Flour, Corn Meal, Milk Powder, Baking Powder and Salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two incorporations. Stop mixing the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough as soon as all of the ingredients come together.

Chef's Note: Over-mixing the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough after the Bread Flour has been added can develop too much gluten resulting in tough-textured Cookies.

5. Add the 200g of the Cap'n Crunch Crunch and stir it into the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough until it is just combined.

6. Wrap the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to rest and chill for at least an hour (ideally overnight).

7. When the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough is rested and chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).

8. Portion the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough into 45g balls. Roll each ball in the reserved Cap'n Crunch "Crunch", coating the outside of each ball as completely as possible. Place the balls of Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookie Dough on a parchment lined sheet tray leaving a couple of inches of space between each Cookie.

9. Bake the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies for approximately 15 minutes, rotating the sheet trays halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. The Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies are done when the edges just begin to brown and become crispy. Allow the Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies to cool on the sheet trays for several minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

Storage:
The Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies will keep well for up to a week when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
- The Cap'n Crunch Corn Meal Cookies can be frozen for a couple of months in an airtight container. Allow the Cookies to temper to room temperature before serving.


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6 comments:

  1. It is so delicious. Thank for sharing. I love cookies. I'm going to try it now

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  2. I will definitely love these :D Your photos are making me hungry. I love corn cookies too! I might try to make one later. I can't wait!

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    1. Let me know how they go! These are one of my favorites -- although it's a toss up with the Goldfish Cracker cookies.

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  3. I love Cookies so much also my son loves he is 5 years old. You write a awesome and details post, Also your pictures looks so nice real. I can't make this but I will forward it to my friend. She knows how to cook.
    Thank you so much for the nice post.

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