Sunday, August 24, 2008

COOKIES AND MILK IN THE GARDEN

Today I was home alone. So, I thought I would throw on an apron and bake some yummy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

These were very quick and easy to make. After I cleaned up and put everything away they were just calling my name. I had to have one or two. OK, I had three!

But, cookies just are not as good without a big cold glass of milk to go with them.


It was so pretty outside and there was a lovely breeze so I tossed on a lace table cloth and took the cookies outside.

I must tell you. It was very relaxing and calming out there. It was as if all my senses were being used.

I could see the pretty plants and flowers. I could hear the birds chirping. I could feel the cool breeze against my skin. I could smell the fresh baked cookies. Then of course, I could taste the flavors of the nuts, white chocolate and all the other wonderful things that went into the cookies.

The cold milk was the icing on the cake. Just perfect.


I thought I would post the recipe so you too can make these. I know school is getting ready to start and sending your little one with some homemade cookies is a great way of saying I love you.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar packed

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup lightly salted macadamia nuts chopped

PREHEAT OVEN to 375 degrees.

Mix, flour, baking soda and salt in bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter and both sugars until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla until well combined. Add flour mixture. Do not over mix. Stir in white chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoon on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake about 10 to 12 mins or until golden around the edges.

Remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack.

Makes about 30 cookies

Enjoy!

Joanne

27 comments:

Lorilee said...

Yummy! What an elegant way to have cookies and milk!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Lindsay-ann said...

Those cookies look absolutely delicious. They are presented so beautifully. I will have to try making them myself sometime. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Lindsay

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Mmmmmmm...mmmmmmmm!

Everything looks and smells so pretty!!!

Interestingly, today sermon at Church was on our 5 Senses, too!

~Blessings,
Jan

Catherine said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe and those lovely garden views.

Darlene said...

YUMMY...thanks for sharing your delicious cookies with us. I LOVE that little church birdhouse and your table just looks lovely. Hope you are having a wonderful, peaceful Sunday!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Yummy,

A girl after my own heart. Cookies and milk a big favorite.

I love being outside in wonderful weather.
Outside listening to the neighborhood sounds of children playing.

Ciao

Flower said...

A cookie tastes the best with a glass of milk...and you added the garden besides! They look delicious and thanks for the recipe!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow, I would have been tempted to eat more........I wouldn't have, but I would have been tempted!!! I love sweets...cookies, cake, brownies.....they ALL call my name, some louder than others, but they all know it........tee hee.

a day in the life of bella said...

That looks heavenly!!!

Yummy, thanks for the recipe:)

Bella

Miss Sandy said...

What a lovely way to treat yourself! It sounds like a perfect afternoon! Thank you for visiting Quill Cottage. I must apologize for being so tardy in returning your visit, I have been on a blog break so I am playing catch up today. You have a lovely blog here.

THE HOME THAT LOVE BUILT said...

Oh those cookies look so delicious!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Blessings
Brook

My Crafty Little Page said...

Joanne - I wish I was having cookies and milk with you - alas...I'm doing Atkins and he left these off! (Now who says ALAS in real life?!? but what fun on a blog!) :) Hugs, Nancy
PS - My best friend gave me my BF Heart also and I just love it!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Joanne,
I want to be your neighbor/friend who would come over and help you eat those yummy cookies :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.Now that it is cooler, I feel like baking and have some new recipes to make because of you!!! The table setting was so nice too. I need to do that for myself..use the pretty things that I have, just Because :)
How far away am I from you ????????? Hugs, Deb :)

For the Love of Cottage said...

The only thing better than milk and cookies is dipping your cookies in a cup of coffee. Yumm!! Those look delicious.

Hugs,
LeAnn :)

Janet said...

Beautiful pictures Joanne and thanks for the recipe, now if I just had some macadamias on hand, lol.

Janet

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!
Thanks for your prayers dear friend! Your are such a wonderful friend to me!! I hope you saved some of those scrumptious cookies for me, I'll be right over!

I'm so sorry that Gene is not seeming to be happy. I'm sure depression plays a huge part in the recovery processes. It's time to make new memories and happy times and leave the old times of the past behind. You girls need to try to come up with something different activities that might bring a spark to him. I am sure going to be praying for him and for God to give you ideas for future things he might be able to do. Maybe he needs to do slower paced things. A picnic just with you and Maureen. A walk on the beach or on a boardwalk or pier to sit & watch the ocean. Watching a good comedy on a dvd, maybe old sitcoms like I Love Lucy or some of her old movies. There's got to be something he might enjoy. Does he see a psychologist to deal with the depression and anger from the stroke? He probably does. I will be praying lots for him!

They wanted to do surgery for compressed vertebra in Mom's neck. It's something she has probably had for years but was detected in the many tests they did on her. She would probably be in a halo for 6-8 wks afterward. She would give up and die from something like that. She can live the rest of her life without the surgery so why put her through all that? We felt the doctors were looking for some easy money. We want her last time to be at least somewhat enjoyable. We had to fight with them to not do it. Then they didn't want to send her back to her own nursing home. We were so upset, it just wasn't pretty. And during all this I was really down with pain and couldn't go to Toledo so I had to do battle over the phone. But everything is better now. She's back in her "home", happy and content!
Love that tea party you went to! Next time I'll go with you! And I'll even wear a delicious hat!!

Big Hugs, Sherry

Ms. Tee said...

How pretty. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe, too - those are my favorite cookies of all time.

Lisa B. said...

I would have eaten the whole plate!! Those look soooo yummy! Those are my fav. cookie to get at Subway...but I've never had a receipe for them. Thanks for sharing yours!!

Victoria Lynn said...

Mmmm...those cookies look so yummy! And your photos look like a beautiful magazine layout! There's just something so satisfying about baking cookies! Enjoy one for me! Blessings, Victoria Lynn

Tootsie said...

thanks for the visit!  You have a beautiful blog here and I do plan to stop in more often now that I have found you!  thanks for the cookies and milk...and the recipe!  have a wonderful week...and I will for sure enter you in the draw!

Kim's Treasures said...

What a beautiful setting!!! How relaxing and nice that must have been! The cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Thanks so much for your well wishes and prayers! I feel so blessed to have such great friends in blogland to pray for me and others when they're in need too!

Have a great day!
Kim

Alice said...

What a beautiful setting in which to enjoy a few moments. Your cookies look wonderful and as macadamia nuts are my husband's favorites, I'll be making these soon.

emily said...

oooo yummy! Your set up looks so yummy!! I'll have to try that receipe. Thanks!
emily

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What a great post....the cookies look so yummy...I will have to try that recipe.
Hugs,
Mo :-)

Anne Fannie said...

Sounds like a great recipe and those cookies look really yummy. Thanks for the recipe!
Love, Ann

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh, those cookies look so yummy! And your table and garden are just beautiful! My garden is looking pretty wilted about now...Donna

Pat said...

This looks so good Joanne! I wish I didn't have to be on a diet all the time. I love macademia nuts.

Hugs, Pat