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, September 19, 2010

Cookie Recipe #260 - Taffy Treats

These look like mini caramel apples and taste like them, too, minus the apple. A cookie filled with chopped walnuts, dipped in melted caramel, then rolled in more chopped walnuts is a rich treat not intended for the weak.

Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups walnuts, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 pound (about 36)light colored candy caramels, 2/3 cup evaporated milk, 1-2 tablespoons water, if needed.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Grind walnuts. In small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and 1/3 cup of the walnuts. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until very thick. Cool.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter; add brown sugar, powdered sugar, and salt, mixing well. Blend in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour until thoroughly combined.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Make a depression in ball with thumb and drop in 1/4 teaspoon of walnut filling. Reshape into ball, completely enclosing the filling. Place about 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 15-18 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool. When completely cooled, insert toothpick in center of each cookie.

Make caramel coating: in small saucepan melt caramels and 2/3 cup evaporated milk over low heat until caramels are completely melted. Remove from heat, dip each cookie in caramel coating until completely covered (allow excess caramel to drip off), then roll in remaining chopped walnuts. Place on parchment paper to set.

Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen cookies.

This recipe was submitted by Marie J. Siers of LaGrange, IL, in "Pillsbury's Best Bake-Off Cookbook", Pillsbury, 1959.

Cookies Rule!!!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I finally found this long lost recipe. It was a favorite Xmas treat when the kids were at home and now my daughter has begged to check all my recipe books and to no avail. What a treat to email her this .She will be so happy. with many thanks,