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!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cookie Recipe #30 - Easy Chocolate Drops

After an extremely busy day, it was nice to whip up an easy cookie this evening. These can be made, chilled and eaten in a matter of a few minutes. Beware-really sweet!! Only 4 ingredients are involved, a microwave or a stovetop for heat, a refrigerator for the cool down, and a mouth or two for the final phase (best part).
Ingredients: 2 cups chocolate chips, 2 cups butterscotch chips, 2 cups shoestring potatoe sticks, and 2 cups salted peanuts.
Instructions: Heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips either in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after each minute until melted, or in a saucepan on top of the stove until melted, stirring constantly over low heat. Remove from microwave or stove top and stir in potatoe sticks and peanuts; mix well. Drop on waxed paper-lined baking sheets a tablespoonful at a time. Transfer sheet to refrigerator for 15 minutes or until set, then enjoy!
Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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