The verdict? Success! I found that the recipe was so versatile I could make it easily into chocolate chip cookies (and other candy variants), green tea choco chip cookies and fruitcake cookies.
The chocolate chip cookies are easy enough, just add about a cup to a cup and a half of chips (bittersweet, dark, milk, mint, strawberry, butterscotch, or a wild combination of some or all!
Chocolate chip cookies -
Nutrageous-stuffed Cookies (they were pretty good but the Snickers Peanut Butter ones are still unbeatable!) -
Strawberry and Chocolate Chips Cookies (incidentally, this is the little girl's favorite! she did choose the strawberry chips, after all!) -
Butterscotch and Chocolate Chips Cookies -
For the green tea cookies, I added some matcha tea powder but realized soon enough that the resulting cookies had too mild a green tea taste. But it was not bad, I figure I just have to add more matcha powder next time!
The fruitcake cookies was probably the best of the lot! I added some spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg) and a cup of chopped mixed dried fruits (raisins, apricots, apples, pears, peaches) and about half a cup of glace orange, lemon and lime. Hubby declared it delicious!
A friend suggested that adding a splash of rum or brandy to make the Christmas-y feel/taste of the cookies more pronounced... and I just might do that for my next batch!
In any case, I think this will be a permanent addition to my recipe collection...
Hmmm... what other flavors can I make? Chocolate or cocoa? Date-Walnut? Coconut-Macadamia? The possibilities are (nearly) endless...