Everyone's Favorite- The Cookie

What's your favorite?

Everyone loves cookies. Those little discs or odd shapes of sweetness or savory bits. These delicious morsels we remember from childhood. Their scent fills the air and for some reason we just have to have bite. The cookies, a humble with afternoon snack, is certainly anything but ordinary.

Cookies are, and just might always possibly be, the one treat that everyone can enjoy. Perhaps you addiction to the cookie began when you mom baked you a fresh batch of chocolate chip or peanut butter. Or, did your dad whip out a bag of oreos and a glass of milk. However your intoduction to the cookie began, it's too late, you're hooked now. And due to the massive variety of cookies out there (at least one different kind of cookie is popular in every country), who knows what cookie you just can't do without.Cookies even come in soft, chewy and crispy, depending on how you bake them or on which kind you purchase. ( I am one of those people who always like the chewy and soft ones.)

And the cookie doesn't just make a one way trip to your mouth! Ingenious people have discovered different ways to use the cookie in other baked or non-baked treats from pie to cake to pudding. Bless those brave few who first discovered that the cookie makes a great crust!

ANYTHING GOES COOKIES

1 cup oatmeal (not instant), ground fine 1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 4 tbl. butter, unsalted

1 egg 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

Chocolate Chips: Any kind or combination of chips (Butterscotch, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate, Milk and Dark Chocolate, and Semi-sweet morsels, just be sure to use one batch of the above for one bag of chocolate chips.)

Nuts: Optional. (Any kind but pistachio seems to do just find)

Marshmellows: OH YEAH! (Get the mini ones and don't add too many or you'll have a mess! Try making a rocky road cookie.)

Peanut Butter: If you want to add it make a double batch and add a little extra flour. 1/4 cup peanut butter and increase flour to 1 1/4 cup.

Combine butter and brown sugar till well combined. Beat in egg. Add baking soda and salt, then oatmeal (basically a flour you made yourself) and then the flour. Add your additions last.

Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree (F) oven for 8 to 10 minutes. (Cookies will set but still be soft and chewy, bake a little longer for a crisper cookie. But not too long or they will burn.) Eat it warm, fresh from the oven.

AN EASY COOKIE CRUST

3 TBL. butter 1 CUP crushed vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers, or any cookie

Melt butter and add cookie crumbs. Combine and press into pie pan. Bake for 5 mins. in 350 degree oven.

Chocolate Ginger Pie

3 tbl. butter, melted 1 to 2 cups crushed ginger snaps

4 oz. cream cheese 1 tub Cool Whip, defrosted

1/4 cup chocolate syrup 1/4 cup Ginger syrup

Additional whipped cream and ginger snaps to decorate pie!

Crust: Combine melted butter and crushed ginger snaps, til ginger snap crumbs are slightly moist. Bake in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Pie: Combine cream cheese and whipped cream (be gentle so whipped cream doesn't loose it's puff). Fold in chocolate syrup and ginger syrup. Pour mixture into crust and spread out evenly. Decorate edges with whipped cream. Drizzle extra chocolate and ginger syrup over pie. In center create little puff of whipped cream. Take 7 ginger snaps and break 6 in half. Take the 12 halves and place them evenly around the edges of the pie. Place the 7th on the whipped cream puff in the center. Put pie in the freeze for 2 - 3 hours. Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 slices. Enjoy!

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