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 16, 2010

Cookie Recipe #226 - Peanut Butter Bonbons

No oven needed for this recipe, just chillin' time. The crunchy peanut buttery interior is a tongue-pleaser along with the chocolate or butterscotch exterior.

Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy), 1/4 cup butter, 2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, 1 cup butterscotch chips, 1 cup chocolate chips.

Instructions: Mix sugar and rice cereal in large mixing bowl; set aside. Melt peanut butter and butter in saucepan on top of stove; pour over sugar and cereal mixture. Blend together with hands (clean, of course). Form into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Chill till firm, about an hour.

Melt butterscotch pieces in microwave, stirring until smooth (1-2 minutes). Dip half the cookies in melted butterscotch; swirl tops. Place on waxed paper or parchment paper-lined baking sheets and return to refrigerator until hardened. Repeat with chocolate chips to coat the remaining cookies.

Makes about 4-5 dozen bonbons.

"Better Homes and Gardens Gifts from your Kitchen", Meredith Corporation, USA, 1976.

Cookies Rule!!!

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