Walnut Butter Cookies

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Since spring is still undecided if it should be freezing or warm, I figured it is a good day to bake some cookies. Yesterday I made Oatmeal A, B, C, which are delicious, but I decided it has been so long since I baked anything I would try another new recipe. I also have more time on my hands since I left my full time job to work on my photography business.

This recipe is from the Dining on a Dime cookbook. Also another huge plus of this recipe 6 ingredients! You read that right a whole 6 things. This recipe is egg-free if that is something you are looking for as well. I ran out of butter, so mine aren’t as buttery flavored as the title suggests.

Walnut Butter Cookies

1 c butter (I subbed out ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce)
4 Tbsp sugar (took this down from 6 Tbsp)
2 c flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 c walnuts (I chopped them, recipe doesn’t say to)
powdered sugar (I used maybe 2 Tbsp)

Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour, vanilla and nuts. Roll into walnut-sized balls (I used my small scooper and didn’t pack it full for each one) onto a greased cookie sheet and lightly flatten. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, place on waxed paper and sprinkle with or roll in powdered sugar. Makes 3 dozen. (I got 37 😛  probably could have leveled off the scoop to make it the even 36)

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Oatmeal A, B, C

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From the family cookbook.
This one is from my late Grandma’s kitchen. It has ingredients you will recognize! I used my small spoon scoop thing for cookies to make these. It makes a wonderful little snack that way, keeping the cookie count up and the calorie count down.

Oatmeal A, B, C

½ c (1 stick) butter
½ c applesauce
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 c sugar
1 tsp salt
¾ c chopped nuts (optional)
2 c quick oatmeal
c all purpose flour
1 c raisins
½ c mini chocolate chips
2 eggs

In large bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover. Refrigerate until chilled or overnight. Preheat oven to 350°. Put a tablespoon of dough 2” apart on baking sheet. Bake 12-15 min. or until golden brown.

And voilà you have these awesome homemade oatmeal (and fruit), with chocolate 🙂 cookies!

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The Plan

We all have plans of what we want to do. It feels that my list just keeps getting longer. I started out this year wanting to read more. Now I hindered myself a bit when starting my third book of the year, continuing the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I’m not even much of a vampire fan, maybe in high school a few years back, but I remember more about pirates than vampires. I think I’m determined to read the books just to say I did and so I will understand any references in the rare case someone might be so inclined to reference books from the ’80s.

Anyway as we have now entered into month 2 of this year I have rediscovered my love of all things crafting. And continuing my new enjoyment of cooking. This week I have meals planned for every night. Mostly chicken dishes. Apparently mushrooms go really well with chicken. But tonight will be the test of my new Star Wars® cookie cutters. I not only decided to try a whole new cookie recipe (to get rid of some sour cream) I am going to test out new cookie cutters. We will see how this turns out. I hope to remember my camera while making them for another post on, well just ending up with cool looking cookies. Sadly I have not mastered the art of frosting, so these will be plain tan cookies.

Also on the horizon are lots of new and a few old projects that I am working on. If anyone is interested I can keep a running progress on a counted cross stitch kit that I have bee slowly working on over the last year or so (too many other things to work on, so it’s been back burnered). I also make these cool note cards out of card stock and old wallpaper samples. I am going to test run some postcards too, not sure if the glue will hold through the mail process. These are my old things that I have been doing for a while. (I just love working with the wallpaper samples and their fun textures.)

The new projects are going to include transferring photos to wood, it looked cool on Pintrest and I am just waiting for some nice weather and a few kids I know to be available to be my models. I hope this can be a project I can promote with Etsy and make custom art from people’s photos. Another possible custom Etsy project are pins. I was thinking “save the date” or even putting a logo or symbol on them for businesses to hand out to potential clients. I think for “save the date” it would be something different than the customary postcard or magnet. Those are the two things that I am hoping to get started on first, but I’m always adding new stuff.

So keep checking in once in a while to see what I might be up to next.