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!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cookie Recipe #358 - Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

This is the advanced version of Cookie Recipe #3-Snickerdoodles. The creamy filling completes the cinnamon and sugar cookies. You may either use recipe #3 or use a pre-packaged container of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.

Ingredients: 3 T. granulated sugar, 1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon, 1 16 1/2-ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or use recipe #3 from 1-5-10). Filling: 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened, 3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons raisins, golden or regular (optional).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon; set aside. Shape cookie dough into 3/4-1 inch balls; roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 7-9 minutes or just until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Make filling: In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, honey and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Beat with a wire whisk until smooth. If desired, stir in raisins.

Spread filling generously on the bottoms of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat sides down, pressing lightly together.

Makes about 24 sandwiches.


Cookies Rule!!!

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