Was it you?

A few years ago, I saw this cookie on the cover of a Martha Stewart Christmastime magazine.  I loved how these cookies looked and had to make them too.  They taste fantastic but aren’t soft for more than a few hours after coming out of the oven.  So, although you can crack some teeth on these babies, they taste wonderful and I keep making them.  They are great for dunking in tea 😉

Someone asked how I made the Walnut cookies; was that you?

This is how:
It’s a wooden form one space for the nut shell and the other for the inside of the nut meat design.

The form came from www.houseonthehill.net and I think I paid around $ 30 for it.
The recipe is as follows:

Cream Cheese Butter Cookies

2 & 1/2 cups flour , sifted

1/2 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

rind of one grated orange

Sift together flour, salt and cinnamon.  Cream butter and cream cheese together. Gradually add sugar and mix well.  Beat in egg, vanilla and orange rind, then slowly the flour mixture.  Chill dough well – over night or longer and chill scraps in the freezer before re-using.  Spray Pam (lightly) into mold press a ball of dough into the mold.  the tip of a knife will help to get the cookie out of the mold. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Walnut filling (or pecan, hazelnut, Nutella)

1 1/2 cups ground walnuts

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 T butter, softened

2 t. strong coffee

That’s it.

T’is the Season

Hi everyone, can you believe it – it’s meeeeeee.
I was made aware that a small number of you are missing my scribblings.  Kathy from the Upwoods blog just sent a comment which brought me here today.

Sadly or maybe not so sad, I don’t have to be up in the mornings any longer.  Which means that I don’t see what you want me to take pictures of too much anymore. After all, the boys are now 18 years old and can get up and drive themselves to school without me nagging them early in the morning about one thing or another.

Mike and I had a Christmas Cocktail party on December 10th and I managed to take a couple of pictures before the guests showed up…

a new location for the Christmas tree

I think we had 15 different kinds of Vodka all together. The only Martinis we made though, were Snowflake Martinis

So much more booze on the buffet

the living room

the library

more alcohol to go with the goodies

yup, I baked - Apricot Window Stars, iced Shortbread candies, snowflakes and ornaments, Chocolate -Cherry-Pecan Rugelach squares, and Walnut cookies

To make things more interesting than just standing around eating and drinking too much, we had a White Elephant exchange which really was a whole lot of fun.

Here is a treat for you.  I had posted it in another blog, but none of you could find it, when all you had to do was highlight the white space in the middle of the blog…

Snowflake Martini

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Creme de Cacao
Splash of Peppermint Schnaps
Vanilla Vodka

Shake, shake, shake until frothy and cold.
Dip the rim of the glass into some vodka and then into pulverized
candy cane or peppermint candies

Snowflake Martini 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you

Stay healthy and have a wonderful and prosperous New Year

I promise to make an effort to get out of the house and shoot many pictures for you!