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!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cookie Recipe #21 - Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Today's recipe is a cookie for all our four-footed furry friends and is also a dedication to a friend who moved on this past week, Celine (picture at left). She was 12 years old and was a loyal and loving companion to Jessica. May you rest in peace, Celine!

Ingredients: 1/2 cup water (add more later, if needed), 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup oats.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blend water, oil, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla together in mixing bowl. Stir flour, cornmeal and oats together in another bowl, then add to wet ingredients and combine to form a ball of dough. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/2 inch thick with a floured rolling pin. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place on ungreased baking sheet, pop into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and allow the cookies to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 2 dozen depending on size of cookie cutter used.

I found this recipe on-line at Bullwrinkle.com. Below is a picture of my taste-tester (Lilly)protecting her new cookie. She wouldn't give me her opinion, but she gobbled it right down, and I swear she smiled! (At least her tail wagged!)

Cookies Rule!!!

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