We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cookie Recipe #10 - Orange Burst

This is a cookie I came up with last summer as I was experimenting in the test kitchen. It is a light cookie that fills your mouth with sunshine (orange) when you bite into it with another texture and flavor of citrus when you reach the gummy center.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3-4 tablespoons of orange juice (my family only drinks the "no pulp orange juice", but if you use the "pulp o.j. it will only give it more flavor),2-3 tablespoons grated orange peel, 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 12-14 orange gumdrops (sliced in half), raw sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour about 1/4 cup of raw or granulated sugar in small bowl; set aside. Slice orange gumdrops in half;set aside. Grate orange peel in small bowl (be careful not to grate any of the white part); set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter; add sugar and continue beating. Drop eggs in middle of mixture and gradually mix all together. Add vanilla, orange juice and grated orange peel. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar over dough and mix until completed incorporated.

With floured fingers, roll into 1 inch balls and dip only one side into raw sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet, sugar side up and place one gumdrop half lightly on top of each cookie. Place in 350 degree preheated oven and bake 10-11 minutes. Edges should be barely brown; remove and allow to cool on baking sheet a minute or two. Transfer to cooling racks. When cool, bring a burst of sunshine to your mouth!

This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Cookies Rule!!!

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