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Question #6190 posted on 06/16/2004 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am looking for a cookie-like recipie that includes garlic (can be fresh or garlic salt) and fresh onions. This is for a joke with my boyfriend, but I would like the final product to be somewhat edible.
- crazy cook

A: Dear crazy cook,

I have to say of all the questions I've answered so far, this has been one of my favorites :) Experimenting with cookie recipes is one of my favorite things to do, but I rarely have a good excuse to do it. And this one presented a pretty unique challenge. Here's what I came up with after tinkering around a bit in my kitchen last night. I don't know if I'll make them again, but the final product was better than you might expect.

The Best Onion and Garlic Cookies You Have Ever Tasted!
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, and 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
  • Sauté 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped with 1/4 cup butter or margarine until onion is tender, but not brown. Add sugar mixture and blend, then let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl, cream 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter or margarine. Add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon soda and blend until smooth. Add onion mixture and blend well. Stir in 2 cups oats and 2 cups flour. If desired, add chocolate chips to taste.
  • Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes in preheated oven. Remove immediately to cookie rack to cool.
A couple extra suggestions. First of all, when I made the recipe, I added half a teaspoon of salt, and then decided afterwards that it probably wasn't needed. Since salt can't be removed, I wasn't able to see how the recipe tasted without. Go ahead and make it without salt, but if you think it needs a little, stir it in at the end.

Also, I don't know how noticeable you want the onion and garlic. I thought it would be cheating to just add a few finely chopped onions and a pinch of garlic salt - that's why I throw in the entire onion, chopped into large, noticeable pieces, as well as a whopping two teaspoons of garlic powder. Since the onion and garlic are spread out over about 4 dozen cookies, it might not hurt to add even a little more if you really want to go all out. However, if you're just going for the novelty of using onion and garlic, leave the recipe how it is. They have a definite presence in the final product, but it still tastes pretty good. I added chocolate chips to the second batch and liked how it tasted, but it did sort of downplay the onion-ness, so you can leave them out.

And finally, when you bake the cookies, watch them carefully. I have learned that the baking time given in any cookie recipe is just a guideline, and I usually underbake my cookies on purpose. When you take them out of the oven, they should be just starting to turn golden, and look a little undercooked in the middle. They will set as they cool.

So there's your recipe. Enjoy! And because I'm curious, let me know how they turn out for you, even if they're horrible (they shouldn't be - mine turned out great after making a few adjustments to the recipe). That goes for any other daring readers who might decide to try it out on their roommates/spouse/siginificant other too...