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 14, 2010

Cookie Recipe #224 - Potate Chip Crispies

Here's a way to use up those crumbs in the bottom of the potato chip bag that noone wants to eat. If you're not to the bottom yet, then put a few in a resealable plastic bag and crush with your hands (frustration reliever). It's hard to describe the taste of this cookie other than it is a mixture of sweet and salty.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 egg, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups crushed potato chips, divided.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat butter; add sugar and vanilla and continue beating. Add in egg until combined. Gradually add flour until thoroughly incorporated, then 1 cup of the crushed potato chips.

Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (dampen fingers for easing rolling). Roll balls in remaining crushed potato chips. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with hands.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 12 minutes or until golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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