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!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cookie Recipe #33 - Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

This is a soft, lightly chewy cookie with a maple glaze covering it, almost like eating a syrup-topped pancake. The recipe came from "Martha Stewart's Cookies" published in 2007 by Clarkson Potter in New York. I didn't put the raisins in because I didn't have any on hand and didn't want to make ANOTHER trip to the store (I feel like I work there-I'm there so much) and also my family isn't overly fond of raisins.

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup chunky-style applesauce, 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon bakind powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup golden raisins, 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 3 tablespoons water.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put melted butter and sugars in mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add egg and applesauce; mix until well blended. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. By hand, stir in raisins.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until golden and just set, 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Allow to cool completely. To make icing, whisk confectioners' sugar, maple syrup, and water in small mixing bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cookies; let set.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen and may be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days (if they last that long).

Cookies Rule!!!

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