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!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cookie Recipe #237 - Maple Praline Cookies

Some maple flavoring, some rice krispies, some pecans and a few more basic ingredients is all it takes to make today's cookie recipe.

Ingredients: 2/3 cup shortening, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups rice krispies cereal, granulated sugar for rolling, pecan halves.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar till light. Beat in egg. Stir in milk and maple flavoring. Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in cereal.

Roll into balls and roll in small bowl of granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased (or parchment paper-lined) baking sheets. Flatten slightly with fingers and press a pecan halve in the center of each cookie.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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