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29 October 2008

Homemade bread or homemade chocolate chip cookies? Which would you choose?[More:]Which would you bring samples of to the cute guy at work you're trying to impress (who sometimes seems interested, and sometimes not)? You guys DO like food, don't you? Don't you?!
To work? Cookies. Bread might get a "huh?"
posted by brujita 29 October | 14:32
Bread, hands down.
posted by netbros 29 October | 14:32
Depends on my mood, but I'd say for your purposes: cookies.

And yes, I like food. I like food a lot.
posted by Specklet 29 October | 14:32
Bringing to work? Cookies.

Impressing some dude? How good are your cookies, and how good is your bread? Does he like sweets? Is he the kind of guy who would appreciate a really good loaf of bread?
posted by box 29 October | 14:36

Homemade bread is awesome, but a warm homemade CCC is knee-buckling.
posted by Miko 29 October | 14:38
I've had raves for both the cookies and the bread. At first I thought the cookies, but I think he likes me because I'm "a little different," so the bread might be the way to go. Can't decide.
posted by Melismata 29 October | 14:39
You have to ask? Cookies. Chocolate produces good reactions in the brain not unlike the post-doin'-it joy. You need to subliminalize this dude.
posted by middleclasstool 29 October | 14:40
Is it a sweet bread? Pumpkin or banana would be sorta sexy, sourdough not so much.
posted by danostuporstar 29 October | 14:42
Is he a foodie type? Does he cook or bake himself? In either of these cases, bread might be more impressive.
posted by box 29 October | 14:45
Who says sourdough's not sexy? But yeah, my vote is for the cookies, unless you've talked about the wonder that is good bread. Of course, you could prompt a conversation about good bread, thus giving you a natural way to bring some in to work for him.
posted by elizard 29 October | 14:46
Go with the cookies.

and a note "come to the dark side, we have cookies..."

OK, maybe without the note?
posted by mightshould 29 October | 14:49
I'm with brujita on cookies, bread is a weird thing to bring to the offic, unless you can also bring turkey, mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 29 October | 14:49
box: don't know yet. He's a shy software engineer.

elizard: I keep trying to ask him questions about himself, but he keeps giving one-word answers and turning the conversation back to me. Wish I was better at this!! (I'm a shy geek too.)

middleclasstool: excellent point! With all the other votes, I'm now leaning towards the cookies.

AND, if it goes well, I can then do the bread later, right? (Thanks danostuporstar for the banana bread suggestion, I'm good at that too!).
posted by Melismata 29 October | 14:52
Yeah, here's another vote for cookies.

Cookies might get eaten by coworkers, but bread seems really random. Perhaps there is an option c, somewhere.
posted by moonshine 29 October | 14:52
Cookies now, bread later. Excellent idea, melismata.
posted by box 29 October | 14:54
Either one. Really. You can't go wrong with this.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 14:54
Cookies (at least in our office). Although the boss' wife does make a bitchin zucchini bread. (Which I'd never had before. And it was actually delicious!)
posted by sperose 29 October | 15:55
I gave freshly-made chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies to a boy once. I think it was about a year ago, maybe just a little more.

We never did it... we never even kissed. I still adore him so much it hurts a little inside and I'm pretty sure he's either terrified or grossed out by me.

I would probably still do it if I could go back in time, though, because who am I kidding? This is just the way I am. I make cookies for a boy. I write stupid love letters. I love recklessly. There's no changing it, unfortunately.
posted by loiseau 29 October | 16:02
(PS. It wasn't the cookies. My chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie recipe is unassailable -- people request it in several provinces. Nope, it's definitely just me that's the problem.)
posted by loiseau 29 October | 16:04
Also, just kind of thinking aloud here, if for example you showed up at my workplace with merely a container of sour cream in one hand and a container of paprika in the other and said "Hey... wanna come over and see what I can do with these?" you would get a very favorable reaction.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 16:26
Throw some pumpkin in there.
*plays with tiny albino pumpkin i got for 50 cents*

The key is to, if possible, heat the cookies, which doesn't really work without an oven, but slightly under done cookies, custom heated before being served has melted whole offices into a pleasant hum of yumminess. (They were chocolate chocolate chip with possible nuts and a bit of whipped topping.)

posted by ethylene 29 October | 16:26
Do you do pie? Pie could be considered the atomic weaponry of gustatory-romantic warfare.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 16:30
Um. Loiseau? This is me requesting your recipe. I love chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies. LOVE. (I'm in Seattle if you're making a map of cookie-requestor locations.)
posted by Fuzzbean 29 October | 16:31
Then, too, plum dumplings have considerable entrapment potential.

And - although it doesn't lend itself to the workplace - meat 'n' beer is a combination that speaks deeply to the male psyche.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 16:33
I have to say I am reconsidering, because I do lurve me some fresh-baked bread, but cookies are still the safe bet.

Throw some pumpkin in there.

I have a pumpkin choco-chip cookie recipe that will make you curse the day I went off the market, if you're interested.
posted by middleclasstool 29 October | 16:34
Er, maybe you just should just forget about this guy. You're probably looking for someone who'd be really appreciative, right? Maybe you're looking in the wrong place.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 16:37
I soooo want that recipe, middleclasstool.

if for example you showed up at my workplace with merely a container of sour cream in one hand and a container of paprika in the other and said "Hey... wanna come over and see what I can do with these?" you would get a very favorable reaction.

Damn, I wish I'd thought of that.
posted by elizard 29 October | 16:39
I'll post here, in case others are interested too. Usually we make a double batch, which works out pretty much perfectly with a can of pumpkin and a small bag of choco chips:

1 c canned or fresh pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
1 c sugar
1 c shortening
1 egg
2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
0.5 t salt
1 c choco chips

Cream shortening, sugar and pumpkin together

Add egg and mix well

Add dry ingredients

Drop onto cookie sheet by the spoonful, bake 10-12 minutes at 375F
posted by middleclasstool 29 October | 17:01
I know what I'm making today!

posted by wimpdork 29 October | 17:13
Well, I'd vote for a fresh, hot, moist loaf of bread swirled with chocolate and Nutella, myself, but I'm a difference-splitter like that.
posted by mykescipark 29 October | 17:47
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies are definitely the ultimate form of the CCC. They are of course great out of the oven but I've discovered that my favorite format for them is to freeze them, then eat them partially dethawed. Rules.
posted by kodama 29 October | 18:24
Save the bread for a time when he comes to your house, because half of the pleasure is in the smell. Mmmm. And homemade bread is really one of those things that *must* be consumed warm to get the full benefit.

Cookies, on the other hand are excellent even if several hours out of the oven.
posted by Stewriffic 29 October | 18:54
Yes, I can do pie too! Strawberry rhubarb or apple?

(Presumably after the bread, if it gets that far *sigh*

Mmmm, love Nutella.
posted by Melismata 29 October | 19:21
Woops forgot a ).

posted by Melismata 29 October | 19:23
Apple is the safer bet. Strawberry-rhubarb, for an aficionado, will be a special prize indeed, but not every palette is so inclined. So it is a potentially potent gambit, but the decision to deploy it should be based on solid reconnaisance.
posted by Wolfdog 29 October | 19:42
This is not the way to a man's heart unless he is starving or addicted. This is the means to an opportunity to interact and see his reaction to foodstuff, hopefully not as allergies.

Make what you like and want to eat and share with your coworkers.
Until he expresses something of himself, you don't really know how you feel about him yet either.
Are you sure he's not taken, gay or vegan?
posted by ethylene 29 October | 20:10
Chocolate chip pumpkin yeast rolls.

I have not actually developed this recipe yet, but it's going to be awesome.
posted by casarkos 29 October | 21:51
Heh, as coincidence would have it, my wife had to make a batch of the punkin choco chip cookies for a potluck at work tomorrow. I am eating some now with bourbon.

posted by middleclasstool 29 October | 22:03
posted by Miko 29 October | 22:22
Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies! (Pls direct attributions and homages to me if you get compliments.)

1 C butter
3/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 boiling water
2 C rolled oats
chocolate chips - about 3/4 C is right

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and mix well; add to mixture. Stir in rolled oats, then chocolate chips. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350F.

- I under-bake these a little bit. They should be a little crispy on the bottom (hooray butter!) but soft and chewy on top.

- Don't neglect to mix the baking soda and boiling water separately and then add them... apparently it doesn't work if you just throw them into the mixture separately. Don't blame me, I'm no chemist.

- There are no eggs. That means they can easily be made vegan if you use a butter substitute.

- I am now wondering what plopping some pumpkin in there would do... hmm. Any food scientists around?
posted by loiseau 29 October | 23:05
I'd put in about 3/4 cup and add some cinnamon and ginger, and decrease the amount of water a bit - pumpkin is very moist.

posted by casarkos 29 October | 23:11
I think I might try it this weekend. Pumpkin oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies? Does that sound good or gross?

Can you strain pumpkin to get some of the moisture out? I've never worked with it.
posted by loiseau 30 October | 10:43
He's not gay or vegan, and is divorced. He seems to be waffling, but shows definite interest some of the time. Cookies might be a good noodge. Gotta try, right?!
posted by Melismata 30 October | 11:18
Bread goes over really well in our office, but it has to still be warm.
posted by small_ruminant 30 October | 11:46
And it helps if it's challah.
posted by small_ruminant 30 October | 11:46
Thank you, mct & loiseau. Have added pumpkin to shopping list. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Jealous much yes.
posted by elizard 30 October | 12:08
Mmmm, challah!! I can't make good challah tho (posted to askmefi a while back), the crust is always waaay too thick. SR, what does your office do in that it loves challah so much?
posted by Melismata 30 October | 12:56
This might not be a popular opinion (by the way I LOVE that this is a cookies-slash-relationships thread) but I think that being divorced is more a good sign than a bad sign. It means he has loved someone before. (The fact that that impresses me is probably a reflection of the fact that I spend all my time with ultra-dysfunctional musicians who can't relate to other human beings.)
posted by loiseau 30 October | 14:50
Depends on the specifics, i say.
i know people who go on to better more stable marriages and people who do make the same mistakes all over, people who get gun shy, people who just want to be married-- oh, it goes on and on.

Let's see if he likes baked goods first.
It's like a group project now. Funny.
No gluten allergy, no whammies, no whammies--
posted by ethylene 30 October | 15:18
True, Ethylene, although the past marriage does rule out *other* potential problems! (The ones I've experienced have been more on the afraid-of-girls side than the wants-too-much-to-commit side.)
posted by loiseau 30 October | 15:33
One never knows, does one.
Eggs, basket, cholesterol problems, whatever.
posted by ethylene 30 October | 15:36
Are y'all planning on watching The Obama Show tonight? || Bunny! OMG!