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, May 16, 2010

Cookie Recipe #134 - Chocolate Madeleines

Here's another Madeleine recipe, only this one contains chocolate (the best ingredient in the whole world).

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, melted, 1/3 cup cocoa, 3 eggs, 2 egg yolks, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon shortening, powdered sugar for sprinkling.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease indentations of madeleine mold pan. In medium saucepan, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Combine melted butter and cocoa; stir into dry ingredients. In small bowl, lightly beat eggs, egg yolks and vanilla with fork until well blended; stir into chocolate mixture, blending well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is warm; do not simmer or boil. Remove from heat. Fill each mold half full with batter (do not overfill).

Bake 8-10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert onto wire rack; cool completely. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring until thoroughly melted and smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled madeleines; allow to harden. Sift powdered sugar over tops of each cookie and serve.

Makes 3 dozen madeleines.

Cookies Rule!!!

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