*Official name: Antarctica English *Government: NA *Area: 5,400,000 sq mi *Population: 0 permanent residents, 5,000 temporary residents
"Antarctica is a de facto condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System that have consulting status. Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and thirty-eight have signed it since then. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations." (data from Wikipedia)
While not technically a country, I didn't want to neglect such a large part of the world. For the recipe, I am using a cookie recipe from Sally Ayottes, a dietitian who worked in Antarctica for years. This recipe is simple, and so delicious.
Sally Ayottes' South Pole Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
1. Preheat the oven to 357 degrees F. Cream the butter, margarine and the grandulated and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Then add the butter/sugar/egg mixture and blend until a soft dough forms. Add the butterscotch, milk and white chocolate chips. Then, add the chopped nuts.
3. Lightly grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until the bottom edges are lightly browned.