Local boy teams up with chef Michael Symon to create cookie with a cause

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — When Ryan Kuchta was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma — a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — at the age of 12, his doctors encouraged the young hockey player to approach his cancer like a game of hockey.

That inspired Ryan’s “Hockey Strong” mindset. In 2019, A Special Wish Cleveland helped Ryan become a member of the Cleveland Monsters. The team signed him to a contract for the day and nicknamed him “Cookie”.

Ryan, who is now 15, is cancer free and helping A Special Wish help other children with cancer.

He teamed up with chef Michael Symon to create a a cookie that will be sold during “National Cookie Day” at the Monsters game on Sat., Dec. 4. Proceeds from the salted chocolate chip cookies will benefit A Special Wish.

Ryan was joined by the Cleveland Monsters on FOX 8 News in the Morning to talk about his partnership with the team. The recipe for the cookie he created with Chef Symon is posted below.


Makes about 3 dozen


  • 8 Tbl. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c AP flour
  • 1/2 c wheat flour
  • 1/2 c quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 heaping c chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 c chopped milk chocolate
  • Flakey Sea salt to garnish (Maldon)


  • Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.
  • In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars until smooth and no longer grainy, a few minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the flours, oats, baking soda, powder, salt and cornstarch. Add to the mixer and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the chopped chocolate.
  • Scoop and bake for about 12 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately sprinkle with flakey salt.
  • Cool on the tray for a few minutes to allow the cookies to finish setting up.
  • Remove from the tray and cool completely.

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