This morning I baked some cookies that were just plain hot and had no other redeeming qualities. In the trash they go … cookies, batter and all.
What’s the lesson?
I’ve never been a big fan of hotsauces. As much as I love the bhut jolokia, hotsauces bug me and it’s the vinegar (acetic acid). Something about vinegar causes capsaicin to just sting.
With this last batch of cookies I experimented with an extremely spicy sauce, thinking the heat would be big and the vinegar’s impact would disappear in the peanutbutter, sugar and everything else that make the Peanubutter Dragon Cookie so blissful.
The acetic acid just made for a damned hot flavorless cookie. I’ve done some research and can’t determine why this is. Acetic acid is described as “caustic” and it has me thinking about the foolish act of using soda pop to rinse capsaicin out of your mouth—it only makes it worse.
So, I’m off to throw out the remaining batter and go back to the old vinegar-free recipe.