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, August 7, 2010

Cookie Recipe # 217 - Double Decker Black And White Brownies

Once you sink your teeth into one of these, you will no longer be satisfied with plain brownies. The mixture of chocolate chips and vanilla chips mixed into a layer of chocolate brownies atop a second layer of blonde brownies will delight your taste buds!

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, 2 cups packed light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 eggs, 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup cocoa, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2/3 cup vanilla milk chips; drizzle-1/3 cup vanilla milk chips, 1/2 teaspoon shortening.

Instructions: Preheat ovent to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch baking pan; set aside. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy; add eggs, beating well. Stir in flour mixture until well blended; divide batter in half.

Stir chocolate chips into one part; spread into prepared pan. Into remaining batter, stir cocoa, oil, and vanilla milk chips; spread gently and evenly over vanilla layer.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from side of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Make drizzle: melt vanilla milk chips and shortening in microwave until smooth when stirred (start at 1 minute); drizzle over cooled brownies with the tines of a fork in desired design. Allow drizzle to harden before slicing into bars and serving.

Makes about 36 brownies.

"Hershey's Chocolate Lover's Cookbook", Brimar Publishing Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1993.

Cookies Rule!!!

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