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 19, 2010

Cookie Recipe #290 - Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Simple and easy, chocolatey and peanut buttery, is what today's recipe is. Whip up a batch and share (also freeze well).

Ingredients: 1 package devil's food cake mix, 1 cup peanut butter (I used chunky), 2 eggs, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 cup mini chocolate chips, mini Reese's pieces, or mini candy-coated pieces (M&M's).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, peanut butter, eggs, water, and cooking oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.

Cookies Rule!!!

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