The big deal at Swig is the sugar cookie (which is actually baked by the folks at Dutchman’s Market/Cravings Bakery in Santa Clara). Dutchman’s has a FB page, if you scroll down their page, they show a pic of the cookies sold in their store, along with what they call “muddy” sodas. Maybe they call it a muddy soda after mud filled their shop? Dutchman’s went under (literally) last year when there was a devastating flood in Santa Clara. They recently re-opened and are selling cookies in their bakery. It looks like they sell their cookies at room temperature, prefrosted. The Swig cookie is served cold and frosted with room temp frosting after you place your order. St George is a hot, dry place, so a cool cookie and Coke are a perfect combo.
That said, I gave samples to lots of friends, fam, etc. Almost everyone loved this cookie. They all raved about how good it is. Was. Whatever.
Update** October 2013
I will enter the updates in RED below. Tricia, a reader suggested (after trying to eat dairy-free for a month) to try substituting shortening instead of butter to get the desired crunch, and crumbly fall apart texture in the original Swig cookie. I tried and she is absolutely right! I still liked the flavor of half butter and half shortening, so I still use part butter in my cookies. Thanks for leaving a comment Tricia!
Spray the bottom of a flat glass with cooking spray. Flatten one cookie a bit then dip the glass in sugar Press the bottom of the glass against the cookie. Press the cookies so they are flattened a bit, twisting the glass as you press to produce a jagged edge. I bake 8 cookies per tray.Continue until all cookies are flattened.
-I like the cookies made with about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of almond extract in the dough, along with the 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
-The bit of crunch on the edge of the Swig cookie could be from the baking method, or from cream of tarter substituted for the baking powder. Cream of tarter adds a bit of a crunch, but also a hint of tang, which I didn’t detect in the Swig cookie. In one of my test batches, I tried 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter along with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and thought the cookie was too tangy, not at all like the Swig cookie. ** See update above recipe on 10/2013
-This cookie stays quite well in the fridge for about a week if kept in an air tight container.
I read some of the comments left by readers on another knockoff recipe. Some of the comments left were (to put it mildly) not very nice. What’s up with that? People. Relax. It’s just a recipe.
This is not the Swig recipe. It’s a recipe similar in texture and flavor. If you want to try another knockoff recipe, which I mention in this post, you can check it out here.