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, October 24, 2010

Cookie Recipe #295 - Krispies

Lots of crispiness in this cookie, rice krispies plus broken-up bits of a chocolate crunch bar (Nestles). Easy to make and great with a cup of coffee.

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, softened, 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup crispy rice cereal, 1 1/2 cups (8 ounces)crispy rice chocolate bar, coarsely chopped.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, salt, and soda; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl blend sugars and butter, mixing well. Add egg and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.

Add flour mixture, rice cereal and chocolate chunks. Blend at low speed just until combined. Do not overmix.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 22-24 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for a minute or two before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

"Mrs. Fields Cookie Book", Time-Life Books Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, 1992.

Cookies Rule!!!

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