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 30, 2010

Cookie Recipe #240 - Nut-Edged Butter Slices

This is a tasty little slice of sweetness. The smallness of them means you can eat several.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, divided, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Instructions: In large mixing bowl, cream butter and 2/3 cup granulated sugar together thoroughly. Add egg yolk, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well.

Shape dough on waxed paper into a 12x 1 1/2 inch roll. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for 1 hour (popping it in the freezer cuts this time in half, or less).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine nuts and the 3 tablespoons sugar. Brush chilled dough with reserved egg white and roll in almond mixture, pressing nuts in firmly. Cut into 1/4-inch slices and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven 7-10 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookie slices.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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