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!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cookie Recipe #276 - Apple Brownies

Do you remember visiting the apple orchards as a child? Apples and pumpkins, ghourds and squash-all reminders that old man winter is just around the corner. Brownies don't always have to be chocolate; this one is a blonde brownie loaded with flavorful apples and crunchy walnuts. Top with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, melted, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I used granny smith), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, and egg until fluffy. Fold in the apples and walnuts. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just blended. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.

Bake 35 minutes in the preheated 350 degree oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares or bars.

Makes 12 squares.

This recipe came from BakerJim on the website allrecipes.com. "http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Brownies/Detail.aspx.

Cookies Rule!!!

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