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!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cookie Recipe #329 - Lemon Carrot Cookies

These soft lemon-tasting cookies with the added natural sweetness of carrots gives your daily vitamin intake a boost.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter or margarine, softened, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 egg, 1 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2 medium-size), 1 cup each all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour (or 2 cups all-purpose), 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy; beat in lemon extract, vanilla, and egg. Stir in carrots, mixing well. In another bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly. Mix in walnuts, if using.

Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes or until edges are browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.

"Sunset Cookies", Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA, 1985.

Cookies Rule!!!

1 comment:

  1. I just happened on this blog a week or so ago and have to say first off that this was one impressive feat...it exhausts me to think about making a batch of cookies every day for a year!! The Lemon Carrot Cookie is the first one I've tried and it's terrific!! Some of the proportions seemed odd but I made it exactly (well...no nuts) as written. What a wonderful texture for a not-too-sweet cookie. Thank you SOOOOO much!!!