love cookies! Do you? In fact, there are hardly any cookies I do not
like. (Well, actually, I can do without some of the store-bought kind
that taste a little like the package they come in.)
Not only do I love to eat
cookies, I love to make them. I'll let you in on a little secret:
cookie dough tastes mighty fine. By the time I put the cookies in the
oven to bake, I've already consumed four or five in their natural
state. I hear this is not wise because most cookie doughs contain raw
eggs, but apparently that's not enough to deter me.
I remember once when I was a
little girl, a kindly, grandmotherly-type lady offered me a huge
chocolate chip cookie. I grabbed it up and sunk my teeth in, ready to
enjoy the chocolatey taste. Imagine my surprise and disappointment to
realize those chocolate chips were actually raisins. Maybe that's why
oatmeal-raisin cookies are my least favorite today.
It takes a little practice to
make cookies the way you want. If the dough is dry the cookies will be
crumbly. If it's too sticky and loose, the baked product will be thin
and likely to burn before it's done. If you like your cookies crunchy,
bake them just a little longer than the recipe calls for. If you like
them gooey and chewy, then bake them for about 7-8 minutes or less.
Experimenting will help you decide just the right amount of baking time
So now you're hungry and want
some homemade cookies, but don't have the time or inclination to go to
all that bother? How about taking the easy way? Get a box of your
favorite cake mix, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, and a ¼ cup of water. Mix all
that, add nuts, chocolate chips, M & Ms, or whatever you
choose, then bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes, depending on your preference
of “doneness.” These cookies taste good, are super-easy to make, and
take minimal time and clean up.
If you're like me, you like
unusual recipes. One of my favorites is for potato-chip cookies. Fun to
eat and very tasty, these cookies are easy to make.
1 cup of butter
½ cup of sugar
1teaspoon of vanilla
½ cup of crushed potato chips
½ cup of chopped pecans
Then stir in:
2 cups of sifted flour
Form into balls, about 1
tablespoon each. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and press each one
flat with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 for about
16-18 minutes. These cookies are crunchy and tasty and will melt in
your mouth. I recommend putting them in the freezer and eating them
cold, too. Delicious that way!
Cookies are a friendly way of
sharing time and fellowship. We can enjoy them with hot coffee or cold
milk. We can take them by the dozens to parties, or give a plateful to
a neighbor. Or, we can sit in our kitchen and devour a whole handful
all by ourselves.
Cookies! We love 'em, don't we?
And now, if you'll excuse me, I believe I'll go make a batch. I wish
you were here to share them with me!