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Update: Brooklyn Cookie Takedown 2012

Who's so awesome? Miso Awesome!
Who’s so awesome?

My Takedown cookie entry was:

white chocolate chips + white miso + wasabi peas + tamari almonds.

Even though I didn’t win with that crazy combination, I had a great time and learned a lot about baking cookies. Recipe and baking tips to follow soon.

Thanks to Dave C. for the inspiration, and Dave L. for being the best darned cookie assistant ever.

For more, check out Maestro Extraordinaire Matt Timms’ Takedown site here.

And the Miso Awesome Fantastic Duo gets a nice shout-out on LocalBozo here (with more photos!).


  1. brie

    Congratulations! Even though you did not win you it looks like you had a fabulous time! those cookies you made sound great…I always love odd combinations…Now rest up and enjoy your holidays!

    • Thank you, Brie! I’m not the best cookie baker, and I learned so much doing the Takedown. Glad that I did it πŸ™‚

      I also owe you several emails! Many apologies! Been a little swamped this last week before the holidays. This weekend I will catch up!

      • brie

        no worries! I am a bit swamped myself..parents will come up from the city for a few days…holidays are fun but EXTREMELY stressful at times (cleaning, cooking, entertaining,etc :)!!). come the new year we will chat! by then I should have my sweetniks ordered as well- I can’t wait :)!!!
        Hope the new year is an auspicous one with lots of health, happiness and great food!!!!

        • Always stressful to have guests. Family in particular can be less stressful and more stressful in a different way, so I completely understand!

          Thank you for the holiday wishes! Happy holidays, Happy Holiday Food, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you too! Let’s look forward to meeting in person some time in the New Year!

  2. brie

    OOps re-read and there are just too many “you”s in there! Holiday insanity and my fingers/brain not functioning πŸ™‚

  3. Steve

    You + cookie name + recipe – white chocolate chips are awesome! (In Gourmandistan white chocolate β‰  awesome.)

    • Thanks, Steve!

      I was happy with them. I will admit that they were weird, but what was even weirder is how normal they tasted.

      That’s a great cookie name, right? I came up with some others too in an effort to be memorable.

      My assistant refused to say them out loud. I guess they were that obscene . . .

    • Thank you, Siobhan! I thought the name was pretty great too. Good thing I’m Asian and could pull it off πŸ™‚

      Btw, just got your card today! Thank you!!!!! A little slice of summer in the middle of winter. Also owe you a note. Will catch up on correspondence this weekend!

    • Thank you, Heather! You’re a winner to me too! Need to catch up on emails this weekend. Heard about your creative use of bacon salt. BRAVO! I told Niki. She thought it was brilliant!

    • Thanks, Edna! I think I had one of the more oddball ones πŸ™‚ Someone had a bacon cookie, but my wasabi pea cookies had ninja power πŸ™‚

      I can make these jokes because I’m Asian πŸ˜‰

  4. Whaaa? I need miso cookies now. Teach me, teach me! I’m into the miso/white chocolate but don’t know if I can go as far as wasabi peas. πŸ™‚

    • The wasabi peas strangely don’t taste much like wasabi peas in the cookie. They are a little crunchier than nuts overall.

      But the miso/white chocolate is a total winner. Actually, I think a little miso in any cookie would work!

  5. Congratulations on entering the contest with a unique entry. Flavors can be one of three things: marry, oppose, or juxtapose. You cannot have all three, so pick the best fit for your recipe. And best wishes for 2013!

    • Thank you, Scroungelady! Winning is one thing, but it’s the new friends and learning more through the challenge that is so much more valuable.

      Marry, oppose, or juxtapose. I love it! What a great flavor mantra! I’m going to remember that πŸ™‚

      And best wishes to you too!

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    • Thanks, trixfred!

      I actually love white chocolate, but it seems to be much more polarizing than I ever thought.

      But there were a lot of wonderful cookies there. I actually became quite addicted to the competitors next to me who were kind enough to share the recipe (to appear here in all likelihood). Now isn’t that a good sell? πŸ™‚

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