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!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cookie Recipe #115 - Marble Cookies

This cookie is a moist vanilla cookie with chocolate swirled in to give it its name.

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup chocolate chips.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Combine sugars in a large bowl; add butter and beat until batter is grainy. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl. Add the flour mixture, and blend until just combined. Do not overmix.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute; stir until smooth and allow to cool. Pour over cookie batter. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, lightly fold melted chocolate into the dough. Do not mix chocolate completely into cookie dough, only until chocolate is well distributed and creates a swirled, marbled pattern.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 23-25 minutes. Do not brown. Quickly transfer cookies to cooling racks.

Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen cookies.

"Mrs. Fields Cookie Book" Debbi Fields, Time-Life Books Inc., Alexandria, VA, 1992.

Cookies Rule!!!

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