Oct. 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM ET
By Anna Monette Roberts, YumSugar
Some claim it is mere luck, while others call it a presidential predictor: Family Circle's First Lady Cookie Contest has accurately forecasted the winner of the presidential election for the past five elections. Since '92, the winner of the First Lady Cookie Contesthas gone on to the White House. This year, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney submitted their cookie recipes, and Michelle's recipe beat Ann's. Despite losing the contest, Ann's recipe actually has a higher rating and more votes online. This made me think: what would happen if I combined the two cookie recipes?
The experiment began by making both Ann's and Michelle's original recipes. Our tasters found Ann's M&M's cookies with rolled oats and peanut butter "moist and buttery" and thought there was a "good balance between the chocolate and oats." However, the cookie failed to sway but two votes from taste tasters, because it was bland from the overabundant oats and lack of salt in the recipe.
Tasters enthusiastically voted "yes!" for Michelle Obama's mint chocolate and walnut cookie, claiming it "tastes like Christmas" and that the "pop of mint is mind-blowing." Between the two original recipes, Michelle Obama's won by a landslide victory.
There was only one more cookie to try, the bipartisan cookie, and I anxiously shuffled around the kitchen while watching the reactions on tasters' faces. Combining the two doughs resulted in a chewy cookie with a crispy outer crust. The brown sugar and vanilla flavors balanced the peanut butter, M&M's, white chocolate, and milk chocolate chips. Tasters "loved it" and claimed it was their "favorite" and "definitely the winner." Despite the rave reviews, it lost to Michelle Obama's recipe by one vote.
Perhaps combining opposing cookie recipes didn't make a winning batch, but it sure garnered support from the PopSugar editors. In record time, all of the cookies disappeared from the Tupperware bins, and the whole office chatted about them all day. No matter your party preference or whether or not the contest actually foretells the future leadership of our country, this hybrid cookie recipe is a compromise worth baking.
Bipartisan cookie recipe
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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