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!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cookie Recipe #300 - Maple Pecan Crinkles

Rather than putting your maple syrup on pancakes or waffles, put it in today's recipe for a soft, sweet cookie.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter or margarine, 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, baking soda, and nutmeg. Stir in the nuts. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll the balls in the granulated sugar.

Place 1 inch apart on greased coookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

"Maple Sampler", Jan Siegrist, The New England Press, Inc., Shelburne, VT, 1985.

Cookies Rule!!!

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