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!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cookie Recipe # 299 - Mandarin and Marmalade Cookies

Double orange flavor added to this recipe makes a soft, citrusy cookie.

Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 cup orange marmalade (I used ginger and orange which gave it a spicier flavor), 1 (10 ounces)can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix flour and baking powder together in a small bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl blend butter and sugar to form a grainy paste. Add egg and orange marmalade, beating until smooth. Add the flour mixture and the oranges mixing just until blended. Do not overmix.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 24-25 minutes or until the bottoms of cookies begin to brown.

Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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

Cookies Rule!!!

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