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!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cookie Recipe #161 - Lemon Chocolate Chip Buttons

Chocolate chip cookies with a lemon twist; soft and irresistable.

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1 cup white sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract, 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces)miniature chocolate chips.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and coriander; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar at medium speed to form a grainy paste. Add eggs and lemon extract; beat well. Add the flour mixture and the chocolate chips, blending just until combined. Do not overmix.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are set; do not brown. Remove from oven to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen buttons.

"Mrs. Fields Cookie Book", Debbi Fields, The Time Inc. Book Company, Alexandria, VA, 1992.

Cookies Rule!!!

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