Super Selections for the Off-Season

peanut butter chipLike the NFL, Coker College has officially entered its off-season.

But that doesn’t keep the omnipresent gridiron powers from making national news, and it shouldn’t keep us from enjoying well-timed Friday Cookies. Certainly it does not diminish your baker’s responsibility to expose the relevance of this week’s cookie selection.

Like the NFL, Friday Cookies must remain Super-seasonal!

As the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, flew to D.C. for a celebration at the White House this week, football fanatics learned that the home of seafaring Scandinavians (a.k.a. Viking Stadium) had won its bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018.

So what cookie best epitomizes the parallel interests of Friday Cookies, professional football and my beloved Vikings? Looking for an authoritative answer, I turned to NFL Senior Vice President Frank Supovitz (@SupEvents) who announced his own new venture last month, and who, until this week’s announcement about Super Bowl LII, oversaw major NFL showcases including the Super Bowls.

As a guy who marketed the gigantic toboggan run in Midtown Manhattan ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, and as one of the masterminds behind the annual Taste of the NFL – the league’s “Party with a Purpose” (which works to address the needs of the hungry and homeless by raising awareness and money through special events), I figured Mr. Supovitz might have special insights into the culinary sensibilities of our ice-bound warriors to the north.

What cookie did Mr. Supovitz suggest would best commemorate the Twin Cities’ first Super Bowl since 1992?

Alas, however, aside from reminding me that a cookie featuring wild rice and walleye probably wouldn’t do, he resisted making an authoritative suggestion. He did, none-the-less, take time to mention that his vote would likely favor peanut butter. It was information I valued, but it was not enough. For a fuller idea, I turned to the able work of Sarah Sprague, an L.A.-based writer “who loves to combine her passion for sports, entertaining and the fan experience.”

Sarah’s blog includes a salty-sweet recipe that she says works well for Super Bowl parties and, since it includes peanut butter and a Google search for “Best Minnesota Cookie Recipes” also renders a disproportionately high number of peanut butter cookie recipes, and since great peanuts are grown right here in South Carolina (just ask the S.C. Peanut Board), I feel like I have found a winner:  Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies.

Let me know if you agree.

Come and get ’em!

Happy Friday.

P.S.  for real Minneapolis cookies you might try these places: Cocoa & FigAngel Food Bakery & Coffee Bar or Cookies & More in downtown Minneapolis.

 

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies*

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, soften to room temperature
½ cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups pretzels sticks, broken into pieces
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips of your preference
1 cup peanut butter chips

*I split the fat between butter and shortening (Sarah’s recipe called for 1 cup of butter), and I added more chips and more vanilla than her recipe called for, mostly because I couldn’t resist.

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