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, December 24, 2010

Cookie Recipe #356 - Nutella Nuggets

Need a simple recipe that's quick, doesn't require alot of ingredients and are so good you may have to double the batch? Today's cookie fits the bill.

Ingredients: 1 cup Nutella spread, 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1 large egg, powdered sugar for sprinkling.

Instructions: With a mixer or in a food processor, mix Nutella, crumbs and egg. Form into 1 inch balls and place 1 1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheets (if sticky, dampen fingers first). Let rest for 20 minutes (check out other recipes on this blog while waiting..).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake cookies for 8 minutes. Allow to cool on sheet on a wire rack. Before removing dust heavily with powdered sugar (let it snow!).

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

This was posted by Zil2 at www.eons.com. She says it won 2nd place in the Dallas Morning News' Christmas cookie contest. I can see why, wonder what 1st place was???

Cookies Rule!!!

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