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, July 10, 2010

Cookie Recipe #189 - 1952 City School Flying Saucer Cookies

Everything but the kitchen sink is in one of these cookies. Every bite contains a whole bunch of chewy sweetness. You probably wouldn't have to use all the additions, but why not???

Ingredients: 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 8 ounces (2 sticks)unsalted butter, at room temperature, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, packed, 2 eggs, well beaten, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups rolled oats, 2 cups cornflakes, 1/2 cup coconut, toasted (I didn't toast mine), 1 cup plain (I used dark chocolate, of course),M&M's Candies (optional, but not really), 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (white chips could be substituted), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (use more nuts for a less sweet cookie).

If using salted butter, decrease salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl; set aside. Cream butter and both sugars with an electric mixer in another bowl; add eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed.
Sift flour mixture into butter mixture, then stir in oats, cornflakes, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M's, and nuts.

Scoop up big tablespoonfuls of dough and shape into balls. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets about 3 inches apart. Flatten lightly with palm of hand.

Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until edges are browned and centers appear set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen big cookies (or 4 dozen smaller cookies).

This recipe came from a baking club I belong to at eons.com. It was submitted by member Debirae on May 27, 2010.

Cookies Rule!!!

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