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, July 1, 2010

Cookie Recipe #180-Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

Chewy cookies with a chunk of chocolate in every bite.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 large egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla and salt. Mix in chocolate pieces. Dampen hands with cold water. Use 1 1/2 tablespoons to form mounds; place on prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart.

Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 18 cookies and may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

"Martha Stewarts Cookies", Clarkson Potter/Publishers, New York, 2008.

Cookies Rule!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment