Lowbrow and guilty pleasures, when it comes to food and television it seems, often if not always coincide. Primary example—Forget You sung by Gwyneth Paltrow on this last week’s episode of Glee. To start with, the original song Fuck You by Cee Lo already is deeply rooted in the guilty pleasure well. Singing children, diners, and 50s reference all thrown together with spilt fries and a surprising amount of checkered surfaces and neon does not up the highbrow quota. Toss in acapella groups, teenage angst, and tater tots and, well, come on. Fattening, delicious, and satisfying, I’m going to go ahead and say that this weeks Glee represented almost everything right in the world.
If only they had fried some bacon.
A couple weeks ago I had the please of visiting Panna Dolce macarons in Chicago. They are a self-started macaron company who bakes the pastries and then distributed them through retailers like Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods and they are delicious. With combinations like cinnamon and salted caramel, how could they go wrong? During the baking process, they also were making cookie dough and while French macarons are in no way lowbrow, these cookies combine every childhood love into an adult-guilty pleasure. A peanut butter dough swirled with chocolate and studded with pretzel and heath bar chunks, these cookies are perfect. They’re everything but the kitchen sink, and they’re tasty.
For this recipe, I just adapted by beloved peanut butter sandwich cookie dough and it worked out lovely.
Recipe on the following page.