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 22, 2010

Cookie Recipe #232 - Almond Mini Chip Shortbread

Milk is needed to accompany this cookie. It is a shortbread which puts it on the dry side, but I couldn't taste the almond. I think if finely ground almonds were added the taste would be better. Of course, the mini chocolate chips are always a welcome addition.

Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon almond extract, 1 cup mini chocolate chips.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. In large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour and almond extract; blend well. Stir in mini chocolate chips and pat into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Cut into bars. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Makes about 36 bars.

"Hershey's Homemade", Hershey Foods Corporation, 1991.

Cookies Rule!!!

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