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Cast from Hamilton Share Favorite Cookie Recipes

Apr 24, 2020 04:07PM ● By Scott Walton
ISLAND COOKIES By Kevin McCoy, Head Audio 
Hamilton's head sound man relies on the familiar flavors of home when he’s on the road for long stretches of time. Kevin McCoy is charged with creating sound balance between actors on stage and musicians in the pit for the acclaimed theater company. Surprise care packages from his mom Crystal, filled with zip-lock bags of banana, strawberry, and pineapple bread loaves, as well as cookies, won over the cast. Here he shares one of her signature recipes.
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually add in flour mixture. Stir in chips and coconut. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove to cool completely.
GINGER COOKIES By Actor Brendon Chan 
San Francisco native Brendon Chan loves to treat his fellow castmates with homemade confections. Chan's claim to fame are his signature ginger cookies.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 T fresh ground ginger (this is the key)
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground pepper
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for coating
6 T molasses
1 large egg
50 mins total 30 mins prep
Preheat oven to 350, with racks in upper 2/3 of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, allspice, and pepper. With an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar, until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Gradually beat in flour until just combined. Flatten dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and freeze for 20 minutes.

Divide dough into 2-inch balls. Place remaining sugar in a bowl. Roll balls in sugar to coat; place 4 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten into 3-inch rounds. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until brown, rotating sheets halfway through, 12 to 15 minutes.
Onstage he’s the Father of Our Country who patriotically tells the new nation he's stepping down to assure America becomes a democracy with elected leaders. Offstage, the actor who plays The General in Hamilton, Darnell Abraham, likes to bake some seriously delish confections. 
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 T vanilla 
2 cup flour 
2 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp pumpkin spice 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking soda 
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Place sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, and pumpkin in a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat eggs in separate bowl and stir into wet mixture. In another bowl mix baking powder, flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin spice. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir together slowly, careful not to over mix. Add chocolate chips and stir gently to combine. Spoon heaping tablespoon-sized scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet (roughly 2 1/2 inches apart). Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.




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