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, January 2, 2011

Cookie Recipe #365 - Bacon Chocolate Chip

Day one began with my favorite - Chocolate Chip Cookies - so it's only fitting that this blog end with a variation of Recipe #1. Today's cookie has the simple addition of bacon (I knew I could find a reason to have cookies for breakfast!) Simply reduce the salt by half and add a few cooked and crumbled slices of bacon. It's surprising how good they are.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 pound of bacon (or more, depending on individual taste), cooked and crumbled.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter; add both sugars and continue beating until thoroughly mixed. Add in eggs and vanilla, mxing well. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour until thoroughly incorporated. By hand, stir in chocolate chips and bacon.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 11 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to wire racks.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Cookies Rule!!!

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