On May 8, 1886, Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia sold the first Coca Cola. I initially had planned a peach cookie for Georgia, but thought Coca Cola would be different and give me the opportunity to experiment with an ingredient I've never used in a cookie. I chose a spice cookie to carry the Coca Cola and I was honestly pleased with the results.
The cookie itself does not taste like Coca Cola. The syrup really just added a spicy sweetness to this crisp cookie. The addition of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper make this cookie warm on the palate and the coating of turbinado sugar adds a crunchy texture to an already crisp cookie.
I used my usual spice cookie recipe and just replaced the molasses with coke syrup that I made by reducing a can of Coke in a saucepan. This spice cookie is one of my favorites to make and one of the first recipes I ever wrote myself. It doesn't require the use of an electric mixer as it uses vegetable oil instead of butter. I haven't tried it with applesauce as a replacement for the oil (as I do in my carrot cake), but I think I might have to give it a shot.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies spread and just start to brown on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
**To make Coca Cola syrup, heat one can of Coke until boiling, allow to simmer and reduce to about 1/4 cup. It took about 25 minutes.