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 27, 2010

Cookie Recipe #84 - Rocky Road Brownies

There was some finger licking involved in the making of today's cookie (can't let any gooey chocolate go to waste...)! I wasn't real impressed with the brownie portion, but I liked the rocky road topping. If I was to make it again, I would probably make my Old-Fashioned Brownies (Cookie Recipe #82) and finish them off with the rocky road topping. This brownie had more of a milk chocolate taste rather than the darker chocolate flavor of the Old-Fashioned Brownies.

Ingredients: 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional), 2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts (for topping).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch pan. Microwave chocolate and butter in microwavable bowl for 2 minutes, stirring after one minute, until butter is melted. Stir sugar into melted chocolate. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until well blended. Stir in flour and nuts and thoroughly combine. Spread in prepared pan and pop into preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts over brownies; return to oven to continue baking for 3-5 minutes. Topping will begin to melt together. Remove and allow to cool in pan before cutting into bars.

Makes 24 brownies.

"Treasury of Holiday Cookies" published by Publications International, Ltd, Lincolnwood, IL, in 1994.

Cookies Rule!!!

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