The Jason – Cookie Creation


My brother came over to make cookies at my house.  He asked if we could make gingerbread men and snickerdoodles.  As much as I like cinnamon, I’ve never been a fan of the snickerdoodle because it’s a pretty tame cookie as cookies go. Today, I have become a convert; I really love cinnamon and smelling it cooking completely changed my outlook.  I do admit to liking the snickerdoodle warm more than I like it at room temp, so I may just have to keep rolled snickerdoodle cookie balls in my freezer (Not uncommon, btw)

While we were at the store getting ingredients for the cookie making (and for my soup creation which was documented in another blog post) I thought about making a cookie for my brother.  He doesn’t eat many cookies, so I figured if I was going to make one, it better have all of his favorite things in it.  So I created a cookie called The Jason.  It is a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, dried cherries and chopped (unsalted) pistachios.  I rinsed off salted pistachios and threw them in the oven to roast for a few minutes.  Depending on how much salty/sweet ratio you like, you could use salted ones.

The cookies also have a pinch of cinnamon in them. I don’t care for the combination of cinnamon and chocolate even though separately they are two of my favorite flavors, but Jason does, so I threw it in.

This is the first attempt at this cookie and I do think some adjustments needed to be made, but not many.  The recipe includes the adjustments, but I haven’t actually tested this a second time.  It mostly just needed more flour (I added 1/4 cup to the recipe) and maybe less choc chips.

I’m sure this particular cookie exists somewhere on the InterWebs, but I did not seek out a recipe. I like to gather ingredients and use what I know about other cookies to create things that taste good. I’m not claiming to be the first inventor of any of the cookies on this blog, but I don’t do a lot of research before I try them.  

Here’s the recipe with pictures and it will be repeated in full without interruptions at the end.

The Jason

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (you could just double the butter or use full margarine too)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I use regular sugar and a 1T of molassess)
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t salt
  • 1/4t cinnamon (you could add more if you really like cinnamon)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (we thought it may be too many chips, so feel free to decrease amount)
  • 1 cup pistachios – chopped
  • 1 package dried cherries, chopped (approx 1 to 1 1/4 cups, but I’m not positive) I let the cherries soak in hot water for about 2o minutes and then I added about 2T of the cherry water to the dough mixture as I was mixing in flour. I’m not sure it’s needed, tho.
  1. Cream together butter and shortening, add sugars and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg.
  3. Add cocoa powder and mix completely.
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add in small batches to the wet ingredients mixing completely. (Add cherry water at this time if you wish)
  6. Depending on the strength of your mixer, add in the chocolate chips, dried cherries and pistachios and mix (you may need to mix by hand, but good luck with that)
  7. I put the dough in the fridge to firm up before I rolled it and I still needed to dust my hands with flour.
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, watch carefully because you won’t see the cookies browning.  If you like them chewier, take them out sooner or leave them in longer for crunchy cookies.

    Here’s my brother enjoying his own personalized cookie.

    The Jason
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortning (you could just double the butter or use full margarine too)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I use regular sugar and a 1T of molassess)
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t salt
  • 1/4t cinnamon (you could add more if you really like cinnamon)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (we thought it may be too many chips, so feel free to decrease amount)
  • 1 cup pistachios – chopped
  • 1 package dried cherries, chopped (approx 1 to 1 1/4 cups, but I’m not positive) I let the cherries soak in hot water for about 2o minutes and then I added about 2T of the cherry water to the dough mixture as I was mixing in flour. I’m not sure it’s needed, tho.
  1. Cream together butter and shortening, add sugars and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg.
  3. Add cocoa powder and mix completely.
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add in small batches to the wet ingredients mixing completely. (Add cherry water at this time if you wish)
  6. Depending on the strength of your mixer, add in the chocolate chips, dried cherries and pistachios and mix (you may need to mix by hand, but good luck with that)
  7. I put the dough in the fridge to firm up before I rolled it and I still needed to dust my hands with flour.
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, watch carefully because you won’t see the cookies browning.  If you like them chewier, take them out sooner or leave them in longer for crunchy cookies.

Enjoy The Jason and if you try it, let me know what you think.

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2 Responses to The Jason – Cookie Creation

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am not sure this is the cookie for me, due to my strong anti-fruit added to cookies and cakes stance, but I think that inventing a cookie is brilliant, and doing it for your bro is sweet! (heehee that is a pseudo-pun)((pseudo-pun is a word I just made up for this occasion)) Btw – J cut his hair?! Live on the curls – we curly must stand together. Lest we die out like the gingers!

  2. He is looking so much like your dad – even more than usual LOL

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