Aside from the fact that Aristotle and most things Philosophy are completely not my speed (swooning over Philosophy professors on the other hand, different issue), this quote has plenty of truth to it. We’ve seen this theory in practice before:
- Bruce Springsteen (wonderful); Lorde (likable). Bruce covering Lorde = Unstoppable.
- Men who play hockey (necessary); The Muppets (also necessary). A hockey player communicating with a Muppet = All of the emotions.
- Kyle MacLachlan (basically babe status); detective dramedies (satisfying enough). Special Agent Dale Cooper = Oof.
I’m not saying we all need to go throw on some elbow-patched blazers or dig up our “gently used” college copies of Meditations on First Philosophy. I’m modestly proposing, however, we examine the merits of Aristotle’s brilliant mind within the context of cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies are the undisputed champions of lunch boxes, couch snacks and party swag bags everywhere. On occasion, oatmeal raisin does have its merits: the nutty texture, the just-sweet-enough balance, its habit of staying soft and chewy no matter how off your oven skills are.
I’m not saying every cookie is meant to be spliced. Mint Milanos and vegan lemon poppyseed cooks, while both delightful, would obliterate Aristotle’s findings completely if a combination was pursued. Sometimes you should let nature win.
Other times you should simply do you. And if you’re not OK with the war between chocolate chip & oatmeal raisin cookies, if you’re into the idea of fully-baked bipartisanship, then it’s time to put your dessert diplomacy skills to work.
This recipe is an ideal entry into peace talks.
Oatmeal Cherry Dark Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 2.5 dozen cookies; Adapted from [Queen] Joy the Baker.
1 tsp ground cinnamon