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 26, 2010

Cookie Recipe # 114 - Mini Morsel Granola Cookies

A chewy delight made up of mini chocolate chips, raisins, and granola with a hint of cinnamon will give you that burst of energy needed to get through the day. You can use any granola you desire; I used Special K Low Fat Granola in mine.

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup butter, softened, 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 cups mini chocolate chips, 2 cups granola cereal, 1 cup raisins.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually mix in flour mixture. By hand, stir in chocolate chips, granola, and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets

Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let stand on baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to cooling racks.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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