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 26, 2010

Cookie Recipe #297 - Cheddar and Hazelnut Cookies

These taste more like a biscuit than a cookie-not sweet, just cheesy with a slight zing. Mix up the night before to chill overnight.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, cut up, softened, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup grated aged Cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts.

Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, both cheeses and eggs. Mix in flour, baking soda and cayenne pepper. On a floured surface, gently knead dough until smooth. Shape into 3 rolls and roll in chopped hazelnuts. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart, and bake 12-14 minutes until golden. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.

"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.

Cookies Rule!!!


  1. Short and sweet method to make cookies in a flash.

  2. This is so easy to make and its my first time to try a cheddar cookie. My kids will also be surprised with this cheddar flavored cookie of yours. Thanks for sharing this one.