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 4, 2010

Cookie Recipe #92 - Nest Eggs

Happy Easter Everyone! Put one of these at each place setting of your Easter dinner table. Fill with small candies of your choice (I used peanut M&M's and Cadbury chocolate eggs).

Ingredients: 1 6 ounce package chow mein noodles, 2 cups chocolate chips, candies of choice.

Instructions: Place chocolate chips in medium bowl and place in microwave. Heat 2 minutes, stirring after one, until thoroughly melted and smooth. Pour in chow mein noodles and stir until noodles are completely covered with chocolate. Place a mound of mixture in each cup of a 12-cup muffin pan. Using back of a spoon or fingers press mixture in bottom and up sides forming a nest. Place in refrigerator until hardened. Using a sharp knife scrape around edge of each nest and lift out onto a paper doily. Fill with candies and enjoy.

Makes about 12 nests.

Cookies Rule!!!

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