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 12, 2010

Cookie Recipe #69 - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie Sandwich Cookies

A peanut butter cookie and a chocolate cookie sandwich with a marshmallow middle makes up today's cookie.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter chips, 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, softened and divided, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cocoa, 5 tablespoons butter, melted, additional sugar, 2 dozen large marshmallows.
Instructions: In small saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter chips and 3 tablespoons softened butter. Remove from heat; cool slightly. In large mixing bowl, beat remaining 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add corn syrup, egg and vanilla; blend thoroughly. Combine 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, blending well. Remove 1 1/4 cups batter and place in small bowl; with wooden spoon, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and peanut butter chip mixture. Into remaining batter combine cocoa, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter. Refrigerate both batters 10 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll peanut butter dough into 1 inch balls; roll in small bowl of granulated sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-10 minutes or until set. Cool slightly on sheets before transferring to cooling racks. Cool completely. Repeat with chocolate dough.
Place 1 large marshmallow on flat side of chocolate cookie and microwave on High for 10 seconds or until marshmallow is softened. Immediately place flat side of a peanut butter cookie on top of marshmallow, pressing dow lightly to form a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and marshmallows.
Makes about 2 dozen sandwich cookies.
"Treasury of Holiday Cookies" published by Publications International, Ltd, Lincolnwood, IL, in 1994.
Cookies Rule!!!

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