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!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cookie Recipe #39 - Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

If you've been following along, you may remember Cookie Recipe #16 Lemon Poppy Drops and how I wasn't a fan. Well, I've tried another Lemon Poppy Seed recipe and this one is a winner. A soft cookie with a light lemon flavoring, a hint of coriander and the tiny bits of poppy seeds make for a great combo.
Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 2 tablespoons poppy seeds, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 large egg yolks, 1 large whole egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons pure lemon extract.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, lemon zest, coriander and poppy seeds; mix well and set aside. In another mixing bowl cream butter and sugar; add egg yolks, egg, and lemon extract; beat until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined-do not overmix.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven about 20 minutes, or until cookies are slightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling racks.
Makes 2 - 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
(Mrs. Fields Cookie book, published by Time-Life Books, 1992)
Cookies Rule!!!

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