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!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cookie Recipe #218 - Haystacks

This is one of the easiest cookie recipes ever created-they can literally be made in about 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 1 3-ounce can chow meain noodles (about 2 cups), 1/2 cup peanuts, 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup butterscotch-flavored chips.

Instructions: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or waxed paper); set aside. In a large bowl, combine noodles and peanuts; set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Cook and stir over low heat until pieces are completely melted and smooth when stirred. Pour chocolate mixture over noodles and peanuts and stir until thoroughly coated.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Cool at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator until firm.

Makes about 30 cookies.

"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.

Cookies Rule!!!

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