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!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cookie Recipe #70 - Peppermint Pattie Cookies

Eat a couple of these before you kiss your loved one and they will thank you-they give you "minty" breath. Each chocolate cookie holds a mini peppermint pattie in its middle. The instructions of the recipe say to wrap the dough around the mint, but I tried a few cookies just putting the mint in the middle and leaving it exposed. Either way, the results are the same-mintlicious!
Ingredients: 2/3 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa (I used 1/2 cup for a darker chocolate flavor), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon milk (2 tablespoons if you use more cocoa), 1 theater-size box of peppermint patties.
Instructions: In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar; add egg and vanilla, blending well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl, then add alternately with milk to butter mixture, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour (dough will still be a little soft).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape small portion of dough around a peppermint pattie and roll into a ball. Place on ungreased baking sheet and flatten slightly. I sprinkled each cookie with a little raw sugar, just for looks (and more sweetness). The alternative is to flatten a small amount of dough and place a pattie in the center, leaving it exposed and sprinkle with a little raw sugar.
Bake for 9-10 minutes or until soft. Cookies will crackle a little. If the mint oozes out around the cookie after you remove the baking sheet from the oven, carefully use your spatula to mold it back around the cookie and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Remove from sheet to cool completely on cooling racks.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
"Hershey's Homemade" published by Hershey Foods Corporation in 1991.
Cookies Rule!!!

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