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!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Cookie Recipe #153 - No-Bake Peanutty Cookies

This is the perfect cookie for a hot summer day. No oven is needed to achieve the great peanut and chocolate experience.

Ingredients: 2 cups creamy or crunchy peanut butter, 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used half chocolate graham cracker crumbs), 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted: for sprinkling: colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles or chopped peanuts.

Instructions: In large bowl, combine peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar and corn syrup. Mix until smooth. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on waxed paper-lined pans. Melt chocolate chips in microwave until smooth when stirred. Drizzle chocolate over each cookie then top with sprinkles or chopped peanuts. Place in refrigerator until chocolate hardens.

Store covered in refrigerator. Makes 5 dozen balls.

"Treasury of Holiday Cookies", Publications International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, IL, 1994.

Cookies Rule!!!

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