Cocoa Nut Winners

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This cookie recipe helps me out during those harried holidays because it’s one that I can make in advance, throw the dough in the freezer and then slice and bake when I need some fresh cookies. Also, it’s perfect for those cookie swap parties because it makes a ton of cookies. My recipe card says “makes 13 dozen” which seems like hyperbole because I ended up with about 6 dozen cookies, but my cookies were bigger than 1-inch.

My husband likes them for the walnuts and because they are not too chocolaty. I think the recipe is aptly named because these are definitely winners.

Cocoa Nut Winners

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and stir together. Add dry ingredients except for the walnuts and stir together to combine. This is where you’ll get some muscles because the dough will be fairly stiff. Stir in the walnuts. Divide dough into six 8-inch by 1-inch rolls and wrap in parchment paper or wax paper. Place dough in freezer overnight or for up to one month. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Slice dough with a sharp knife into 1/4-inch slices and place on a lined baking sheet. I use Silpat liners. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

The cookies will puff up in the oven but settle down once they’ve cooled. For a chewier cookie bake only 8 minutes and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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These are sturdy cookies which are great for shipping. In fact the cookies in the photos are on their way to my brother in Illinois right now.

What I Love This Week: Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew

 

WILTW-Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew

This week I’m loving Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew. When I read about this ginger ale with a kick in the Fearless Flyer I knew I had to go get some. If you read this blog regularly you will know that I’m nuts about ginger. The ginger ale is in a green bottle with a old-fashioned flip top cork-type cover. When you open it, it sounds a very satisfying pop. So much that I would recommend buying some of this ginger brew for your News Year’s festivities if you want a non-alcoholic substitute for champagne. I placed the bottle in the fridge after I opened it and it still popped when I opened it a couple of days later.

WILTW-Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew 1What I like about this drink is that it’s not too sweet like other sodas. I’ve had more gingery ginger ales like my homemade version but this was still very good. It was wonderful with a shot of Chambord liqueur mixed in to make a grown-up raspberry ginger ale.

 

 

 

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popcorn with olive oil

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Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad

quinoa and roasted vegetable salad

Here’s a side dish that can balance out all the decadent food that happens this season. I made this for a potluck lunch at work and while it wasn’t the most popular item on the table, (because I think people are afraid of quinoa) the people who did try it went back for seconds and asked me for the recipe. That’s a successful recipe in my book. Plus I could eat the whole thing all by myself. I like it that much. It can be served hot or cold making even easier for potlucks. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Christmas in Paris herbal tea

WILTW-Christmas in Paris herbal tea

It’s tea again! This week I’m loving Christmas in Paris herbal tea by Stash. Stash tea is why I’m a tea freak. My aunt would visit from the States and nearly always brought us some delicious tea to try. One time she brought a box of Ruby Mist tea and I was instantly hooked. I always thought that Stash tea tasted so much better than the stuff we would buy in Canada because of the packaging. Individually wrapped tea bags retain their flavor so much better than a big box full of tea bags. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Puzzles

 

WILTW-making puzzles

This week I’m loving making puzzles with the family. Husband was perturbed with our collective addiction to electronic devices and television and these puzzles were the ointment for his burn. It’s especially great now that we have a dedicated dining room with a table that is rarely used so we can leave out the puzzle until it’s done. That wasn’t possible in our previous house. Yes, I know that there are other solutions that allow you to put away a partially made puzzle but thankfully we don’t need that. These puzzles drew the kids away from the Kindle/iPod/iPad/etc. My daughter who plops herself right in front of the TV after school headed straight for the dining room one day declaring that she needed to get the puzzle finished. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Fiskars Kitchen Scissors

WILTW-fiskars kitchen scissors

This week I’m loving my Fiskars kitchen scissors. I actually own three sets of these scissors because I use them all the time. Every piece of chicken that I cook first gets trimmed with a pair of these scissors. I also use them for opening up packages of meat and for snipping fresh herbs. The best thing about the scissors is that they come apart for easy cleaning. If they break, you can send them back to Fiskars and they will send a replacement for free. Read more…

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