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!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cookie Recipe # 113 - Chocolate Apple Crisp

This bar cookie is like eating apple crisp but with chocolate involved in every bite.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)butter, 1 1/2 cups quick oats, uncooked, 2 cups (12-ounce package)chocolate chips, 3 apples (peeled or unpeeled), chopped, 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in oats and mix well.

Grease a 13x9" baking pan and press 1/2 of the mixture into bottom of pan. To remaining oat mixture, add chocolate chips, apples and nuts; stir to combine. Sprinkle over base evenly.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and apples are done. Cool slightly; cut into squares or bars.

"Treasury of Holiday Cookies", Publications International, LTD., Lincolnwood, IL, 1994.

Cookies Rule!!!

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