Fighting the pending apocalypse isn’t just about skewering demons. In Ash & Thorn #2, it’s also about addressing a far greater evil: the corporate mogul constructing a community centre that doesn’t seem to care much for the actual community. In the last issue, Lottie Thorn discovered that she was the champion chosen to save the world under the guidance of her trainer, Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, and Melissa Brinks baked up some apocalyptic gingerbread. This time around, we learn that Lottie’s also an active member of the community who will stand up for what’s right through more conventional means, too.
But what Lottie would really like to do in her sunset years is just relax her aching bones with some baked goods and a nice cup of tea. Meanwhile, we learn that Lady Ash is far more out of her league than she lets on, which leads her to summon some help in the form of a fae creature known as Pickle who loves sweet treats as much as Lottie enjoys baking them.
Which brings us to the second installment of our Ash & Thorn special installment of “Cook Your Comics” where we enter Pickle’s Kitchen to make:
“Being battle ready takes practice, practice, more practice, and these cookies.”
Not being a typical connoisseur of ginger-based recipes, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with these, given the heaping tablespoon of the spice that the recipe calls for. Furthermore, my familiarity with cardamom is limited to a beloved character in Bee & Puppycat. But as it turns out, the flavour combination is exactly the right amount of kick to earn these cookies their name.
1 stick butter (or package cashew butter) softened
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cardamom
1 tbsp ginger
1 packages dark chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
I have already confessed to not being a very good cook, impatience being one of my greater kitchen flaws. This is bigger problem when it comes to baking where exact ingredient measurements and patience make for a much better result. The way Lottie feels during her training, eager to cut corners wherever she can so she can get back to her tea, is how I feel about the effort that goes into cooking and and baking. But I do loves me that end result, so I will persevere. And I am very pleased to report that Battle Cookies, despite the harsh-sounding name, is a very forgiving recipe, or perhaps just one so simple that even I can’t mess it up if I take a bit more time.
Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and flavor together. Add flour, baking soda, and pinch of salt. Mix in chips.
Let cool in fridge for an hour for crispier cookies, or spoon on greased cookie pan (or use parchment paper) by the tablespoon and cook at 350 for 10 mins for a softer cookie.
I’m all about a softer cookie, and I especially love the way this recipe achieves softness without being too doughy or cake-like. That’s not to say I don’t love a good dough-y or cake-like cookie, but these Battle Cookies have their own unique texture that I really enjoyed. I also was pleasantly surprised by the way the ginger leaps out at you when you bite into what looks like a regular, unassuming chocolate chip cookie. If the main character and the overall concept of series could be described by one recipe, this would probably be it.
As a bonus, my teen was making chocolate cream pie at the same time, so I leveled up my Battle Cookie bites with a chocolate dip.
A logistical element that I like about this recipe is that it isn’t out to swamp you with more cookies than you can manage in one go. Compared to other recipes I’ve made, I was surprised by how little dough was in the bowl when I got everything mixed together. It’s easy enough to double or triple up the recipe if you want more, but this batch made about 15 cookies, which causes me far less kitchen stress, while still giving me more than enough to share. And share I did,with friends who were equally surprised by the ginger kick, and now eager to get a hold of the series that it comes from.
For more recipes and septuagenarian apocalyptic hijinks, pick up Ash & Thorn #2, available now from Ahoy Comics.