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, November 30, 2010

Cookie Recipe #332 - Play Dough Cookies

The mixture of colors in this lollipop cookie portrays a resemblance to play dough, thus the name. It is basically a sugar cookie on a stick that your kids will enjoy eating (adults, too).

Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened, 3 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, assorted colors of food coloring, 24 lollipop sticks.

Instructions: In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside. Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 blue, 1 green and 1 orange (or colors of choice) ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long rope; starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 /34 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies. Continue with other half.

Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheets.

Makes 24 lollipop cookies.

Submitted by Terri on http://allrecipes.com., 2010.

Cookies Rule!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love playdough. If you can eat it, it's just so much better :)