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!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cookie Recipe #62 - Rice Krispie Treats-Marble Edition

Everyone makes Rice Krispies Treats, but try this twist on the original recipe by using half Rice Krispies and half Cocoa Krispies. (I used half Cocoa Pebbles). The result is a tasty marbled cookie bar.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons margarine or butter, (1) 10 ounce package regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows, 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 3 cups Cocoa Krispies.

Instructions: Usually can be found on the inside of the cereal box. I do the microwave instructions; they're the easiest. In large bowl, heat butter and marshmallows for 2-3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes, until smooth. Add cereal and stir until well coated. Spread mixture in 13x9 inch prepared pan. I always spray(with cooking spray) my spatula along with the pan I'm putting the mixture into for easier spreading. Then I topped mine with mini chocolate chips, but you could use chocolate sprinkles, nuts, marshmallows, etc.

Cut into 2 inch squares when cool.

Cookies Rule!!!

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