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 11, 2010

Cookie Recipe #99 - Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A basic sugar cookie, only in the chocolate family (what better family to be in!). These are simple to make and even better to eat!

Ingredients: 1 1/2 - 2 cups chocolate chips (depending on your chocolate preference), 1 cup (2 sticks)butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, additional sugar.

Instructions: Microwave chocolate chips and butter in large bowl 2 minutes or until butter and chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir sugar (1 cup) into chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in egg and vanilla until completely blended. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Prheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in small bowl of sugar (I used raw sugar; could also use chocolate sprinkles). Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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