Tag Archives: Walnuts

Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookiesIt is funny what constitutes a tragedy in the life of a blogger, Okay tragedy is way to strong a word, but a let down definitely. You see my camera battery died again and we still haven’t found the recharger, I think it must be lost somewhere in that great big world of ours never to return. This means we need to head to the store and buy ourselves a new recharger. Until then, I am back to using my camera phone, I figured blurry photos and better than no photos at all. So I made these cookies and then brought them to Bridge class last night, where we all managed to polish off almost the whole recipe so apparently they were good!!

Recipe from Allrecipes

  •                     3 1/4 cups flour
  •                     1 teaspoon baking soda
  •                     3/4 teaspoon salt
  •                     1 1/3 cups butter, softened
  •                     1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  •                     1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •                     2 eggs
  •                     4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  •                     1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  •                     1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Cream together the butter and both sugars, then blend in eggs and vanilla.

2. Add baking soda, salt and 2 1/4 cups of the flour. Beat until combined. Beat in remaining flour.

3. Add chocolate chips and walnuts, stir until combined.

4. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 9 minutes a batch. Cool.

5. Eat and enjoy!



Orange Date Muffins

Orange Date MuffinsOur Mother’s Day this year was spent at the Farmer’s Market, one of the best Mother’s Day ever? Well yes, yes it was. It included cupcakes and shopping, can’t get much better than that! Anyhoo, I bought some chopped dates at one of the stalls and came home to make these muffins. They didn’t end up getting made until about a week later, but they were worth the wait, as muffins usually are.

Recipe from Allrecipes

  •                     1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  •                     1 cup all-purpose flour
  •                     3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  •                     3 teaspoons baking powder
  •                     1/2 teaspoon salt
  •                     2 eggs
  •                     1 cup orange juice
  •                     1/3 cup butter or stick margarine, melted
  •                     3/4 cup chopped dates
  •                     1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  •                     1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1. Mix together first 5 ingredients in large mixing bowl.

2. In smaller bowl combine eggs, orange juice and butter. Add to dry mixture and stir until just combined.

3. Gently  stir in dates, nuts and orange peel.

4. Scoop mixture into greased muffin tin (makes 12 muffins) and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

5. Eat and enjoy!


Chunky Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Apple CakeI actually made this recipe last week for a birthday brunch and then forgot to post the recipe. So many recipes so little time. I must say this was not the prettiest cake that I have ever made, but it more than made up for it in flavor. Goes well with coffee or tea.

Original recipe from Betty Crocker


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped, peeled baking apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/2 cup butter (do not substitute margarine)
  • 3 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk

1. Grease a bundt cake pan with butter and flour. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat together the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, then eggs one at a time. Stir in remaining ingredients, when completely combined spoon into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 1 hour, cool completely before frosting.

4. To make the frosting melt butter in medium-sized sauce pan until golden brown. Gradually stir in sugar, then vanilla and milk. Pour over cake.

5. Eat and Enjoy!