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!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cookie Recipe #107 - Iced Cinnamon Chip Cookies

This is how many hands it took to make this recipe, but isn't necessary for the final product (only makes it more fun!). These are similar to chocolate chip cookies, using cinnamon chips instead of chocolate ones. A smooth sweet icing on each one adds to the eating experience, but even alone, these are a tasty treat.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspooon salt, 1 package (10 ounces)cinnamon baking chips. Icing: 1/4 cup butter, melted, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in cinnamon chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute before transferring to cooling racks.

Make icing as follows: In small bowl, combine melted butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla extract; beat for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy. Spread over cookies.

Makes 3-4 dozen.

"Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies & Bars", Reiman Media Group, Inc., Greendale, WI, 2008. Katie Jean Boyd, Roachdale, IN.

Cookies Rule!!!

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