In the philosophy of taoism, the yin and yang represent the balance of opposites in the universe. Each of these opposites produce the other.
“In yin and yang neither is positive or negative but neither can exist without the other,” said Steve, succinctly touching on some of the basic tenets of this ancient Chinese philosophy. “These cookies are two sides of a coin–like me and Steve,” added Annamarie Asher, his mother. “No matter what tension is in our lives, baking can make it better,” she said.
Annamarie is the baker, Steve is the appreciator. The cookies were Steve’s idea and his mom hit the perfect balance in their Yin Yang Cookie.
Did I mention they are delicious? My daughter, a cookie connoisseur, pronounced them “chunkoliciously exceptional”, washing the entire plate of cookies down with a glass of milk.
They are actually two cookie recipes rolled into one. The chocolate cookie recipe was found on the package of Reese’s peanut butter chips and the peanut butter cookie was found on Allrecipes.com, a recipe submitted by Kevin Ryan.
Both have been modified by Annamarie to make the perfect Yin-Yang cookie–two different, yet complementary, cookies molded into one unique, crumbly creation.
I met Annamarie while taking a walk with my husband last summer. It was at that time I had the opportunity to sample her “Lusciously Lemony Wedding Cake” and discovered our sons were classmates at Community High. Neither of us can recall a cookie exchange while our kids were in school, but we’re confident these cookies would have been most popular.
Love, emotion and imagination are three additional ingredients baked into these cookies!