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, February 9, 2010

Cookie Recipe #40 - Snickerpoodles

Today my husband is taking me on an overnight early Valentine's Day trip to Pacific Grove (Carmel/Monterey area). It's also the first day of the AT&T Golf Open at Pebble Beach. I don't know if we'll get close enough, but maybe we'll see a celebrity or two. Should I take a plate of cookies to share? So, today's cookie was actually made yesterday in preparation for the trip.

Another recipe for man's (or woman's) best friend-a honey-flavored dough rolled in cornmeal and cinnamon and baked to a crisp. My dog, Lilly, took one and hovered over it for a few hours, threatening anyone who came near it, before she finally devoured it!

Ingredients: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup honey, 2 eggs, 3 3/4 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix vegetable oil, shortening, and honey; add eggs and beat well. Add flour, soda, and cream of tartar; beat until thoroughly combined. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons into balls. Mix the cornmeal and cinnamon together in a bowl and roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press the balls down with a fork in crisscross design. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a minute or two before transferring to cooling racks. Store in an airtight container.

I had a bone cookie cutter I wanted to use, so I rolled some of the dough out, then cut with cookie cutter; try other designs, if desired.

Makes about 4 dozen dog cookies.


Cookies Rule!!! (even in Dog Kingdom)

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