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, May 18, 2010

Cookie Recipe #136 - Reese's Pieces Chocolate Cookies

A soft chocolate cookie loaded with everyone's favorite-Reese's pieces plus my addition of a handful of peanut butter chips (as if there wasn't enough peanut butter) will satisfy your daily chocolate & peanut butter fix.

Ingredients: 1/2 (1 stick)butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa (of course, I used more like 1/2 cup), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup milk (if you use the extra cocoa like I do, add just a tad more milk, maybe 1 more teaspoon), 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups Reeses Pieces, 1/2 cup peanut butter chips (if desired).

Instructions: Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar; add egg and vanilla and beat well. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture until thoroughly combined. By hand, stir in 3/4-1 cup of the pieces and the peanut butter chips (if using).

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Place 2-3 of remaining candies on top of each cookie. Bake 10-11 minutes or until soft-set (do not overbake). Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

"Hershey's Chocolate Lover's Cookbook", Brimar Publishing Inc., Montreal, Canada

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