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, April 17, 2010

Cookie Recipe #105- Lemon Squares

The lemon tree out in our garden is loaded with lemons, so what do you do when life hands you lemons? - make luscious Lemon Squares!

Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, powdered sugar for sprinkling.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar together in bowl until blended. Pour into an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan; press mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides about 1/2 inch with the back of a spoon or with your fingers. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Beat granulated sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, baking powder, salt and eggs in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Pour over hot crust and return to oven for 25 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.

Cut into 16 squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar before removing from pan and serving.

Cookies Rule!!!

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