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!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cookie Recipe #361 - German Chocolate Cookies

These truly do taste like German chocolate cake, only in cookie form. Simple to make and even simpler to eat.

Ingredients: 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks)unsalted butter, at room temperature, 1 cup light brown sugar, packed, 1 large egg, at room temperature, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes, 1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and cooled, coarsely chopped, 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped.

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Scrape dow the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Again scrape down the sides of the bowl; add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and mix until everything is well incorporated. Add the coconut, pecans and chocolate, and mix again.

Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven 10-12 minutes or until the underside of the cookie begins to firm up. Cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks.

Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.

"Cookies 52 Easy Recipes For Year-Round Baking", John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2007.

Cookies Rule!!!

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