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!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cookie Recipe #178 - Easy Filled Drops

This recipe has been in my husband's family for years; it was his grandmother's passed on to his mother, then onto me. A soft cookie with a sweet middle makes it hard to eat just one. The date/nut filling can be replaced with raisins.

Ingredients: 1 cup shortening, 2 cups brown sugar, packed, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water, sour milk, or buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Instructions: Prepare the date filling as follows: In small saucepan, combine 2 cups dates, chopped, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick, stirring constantly, until thick. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts; then allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in water and vanilla. Sift flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon over mixture and mix well. Drop tablespoonful of dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet; place 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoonful of date/nut filling on top of each cookie; then further top with another 1/2 teaspoon of dough.

Bake in preheated 400 degree oven 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to wire racks to cool.

Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.

Cookies Rule!!!

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