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.

1st. Anniversary

I completely forgot, with all the alone time fun I am having, to post an anniversary post yesterday.
Yup, yesterday was the 1st anniversary for this blog, closing out last night with
28,065 visitors.  Not bad.

So here is a look back at how I got started
The first post on April 2, 2009

There was good, old Bear,

and snow covered chairs.

We celebrated birthdays and

I looked at houses and took pictures for you.

You saw sunsets and

the Wayfarer being cleaned up

The first contest and

pictures of the cookies I baked for the contest winner…

Thank you all for staying with me and commenting. Thank you  also

to those of you who commented in emails and in phone calls, you know who you are.

It has been a fun year for me, I hope to keep reporting to you and I hope you’ll stay with me.

Thank you!

Cookies for Lee

Lee is having a baby shower for a friend and she asked me to bake cookies for that afternoon – So I did 🙂

Lemon Shortbread cookies, yummmmm.

(I took this picture in the dining room)


This picture was taken in the kitchen.
Amazing how different the light is
Almost finished, they just need a finishing touch…

And here they are all finished and sparkly

Pretty, if I do say so myself and they smell so buttery and sweet.


And then I packed them all individually, but not until I had printed the little tags that Lee requested


That was fun 🙂