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!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cookie Recipe #138 - Spritz

These little bites are made using a cookie press. Several disc shapes come with the press, so a variety of cookies can be made.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 egg.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Place dough in cookie press and form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet.*

Bake 6-9 minutes or until set but not brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute before transferring to cooling racks.

*May sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles on top of each cookie, if desired. Or, after cooling, a simple glaze of 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1-2 teaspoons milk (or more) can be made and spread on cookies.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

"Betty Crocker's 40th Anniversary Edition Cookbook", 1990.

Cookies Rule!!!

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