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 24, 2010

Cookie Recipe #173 - Malted Milk Cookie Tart

Today's cookie looks like a pie, but tastes like a cookie. A 9" diameter tart pan with a removable bottom is what the recipe calls for, but a buttered 9" glass pie dish works just as well.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup malted milk powder, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspooon coarse kosher salt, 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces, room temperature, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup malted milk balls, coarsely chopped.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In processor, pulse flour, malted milk powder, sugar and coarse salt. Add butter; pulse until moist clumps form. Transfer dough to work surface; gather into ball. Press evenly onto bottom of tart pan or glass pie dish.

Bake in preheated 325 degree oven until evenly golden brown, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and scatter chocolate chips over pan; let stand 5 minutes to soften, then spread melted chocolate over hot crust in well that forms as center sinks. Sprinkle chopped malted milk balls over top. Cool completely; cut into wedges and enjoy.

Makes 16 cookie wedges.

"bon appetit", July 2010, page 50.

Cookies Rule!!!

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