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!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cookie Recipe #219 - Chocolate Malted Milk Cookies

Chocolate cookies with the crunch of chopped malted milk balls makes for a yummy snack.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted and cooled, 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup instant malted milk powder, 1 cup coarsely chopped malted milk balls.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter; add sugars and baking soda, beating until combined. Mix in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate until combined. Gradually add in flour and the malted milk powder until well mixed. Stir in chopped malted milk balls.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 1/2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cook on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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