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, June 10, 2010

Cookie Recipe #159 - No-Bake Butterscotch Treats

A simple treat using only a microwave or stove top to achieve yummy results. A good recipe for summer.

Ingredients: 6 tablespoons butter, melted, 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used crunchy), 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1 9-oz. package chocolate wafers, crushed, 1 12-ounce package (2 cups) butterscotch-flavored chips, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 3/4 cup chopped peanuts.

Instructions: In a large bowl stir together melted butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Stir in crushed chocolate wafers. Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

In a medium heavy saucepan combine butterscotch pieces and whipping cream. Stir over low heat until pieces melt completely (may be melted in the microwave instead). Carefully spoon butterscotch mixture over crumb mixture, spreading evenly. Sprinkle peanuts over butterscotch mixture.

Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars, diamonds or other shapes using 2-inch cookie cutters, if desired.

Makes 48 bars.

"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.

Cookies Rule!!!

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