Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cookies For Your Valentine

It was a bit of a shock to glance at the calendar this morning and see that Valentine's Day was only a week away!  To be honest, I haven't felt winter yet.  I don't think we've had an inch of snow so far this winter.  We've had a lot of rain.  The grass is green.  The trees are leafless but the birds don't seem to mind.  Cardinals and finches are our main visitors right now.  I don't know who their choreographer is but they put on quite a show.  They swoop and land, swoop and land spreading out on the branches.  Sometimes they seem to line up for the feeders.  At other times, they don't always wait their turn and roust those who take too long dining.  One particularly delightful species is the Northern Orange Cardinal.  I'd never seen one until we moved here last year.  Flashes of brilliant orange kept capturing my eye.  I knew the bird was a cardinal but had never seen such brilliance.  I Googled "orange cardinal" and there he was--the Northern Orange!!

Back to Valentine's Day.  These cookies are delicious, package well and keep well.  Well, if one doesn't eat them right away.

Almond Butter Cookies adapted from the Chicago Tribune

1 cup brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup almond butter (or creamy peanut butter)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp granulated sugar

1.  Beat the brown sugar, butter and almond butter together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix in.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir only until combined.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill at least an hour to overnight.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat in the sugar.  Transfer to a lightly sprayed cookie sheet and place 2 inches apart.  Using a fork, press the cookies down slightly using a criss-cross pattern.

3.  Bake until firm with golden brown edges, about ten minutes.  Cool slightly on baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

To be really decadent, dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate.



  1. If they taste half as good as your photo looks of them there will be delicious

  2. You do great food photos! Winter seems to be mild in many places this year. 74 here today.

  3. I'm glad to see a post from you! It seems like forever since you have posted! I did not know there are different kinds of Cardinal! The cookies look delicious! How have you been doing? I hope all is well.

  4. The cookies sound great! We've had a very mild winter too, but I'll take it:@)

  5. Oh, these sound so good, Bonnie!! Yes, Valentine's Day is upon us! So quickly this year is passing. I am excited to hear about an orange cardinal! I will be googling to see! We love our plain old red ones. ;) Wishing you a wonderful week... blessings ~ tanna

  6. I remember the first time I saw a cardinal. I was amazed... They are beautiful. I love anything almond so the cookies will be made!

  7. An orange Cardinal, now that's something I'd love to see. I've not seen many cardinals (Red, of course) this Winter. Don't know why.
    The cookies sound wonderful.

  8. Thanks for your comment! I think that wall is in Harrisonburg, I took the pictures at least a year ago.

  9. ummm, sound so good...I LOVE cookies..and I love prayers for Mr. Sweet...thank you so much.

  10. I was telling someone at work that we'll probably get a blizzard at the end of March �� The cookies look delish!

  11. I like to make cookies with my oldest granddaughter. I'll have to try your recipes soon, Bonnie. We ahve not had mcuh snow either this winter and it has been unusually warm. That makes me worried that our spring will be cold and snowy to amke up for it!

  12. Oh, yumminess! I know those cookies must be so delicious! You come on over to my mini kitchen and you can bake us a batch. Well, my little mini oven doesn't heat up so we'll just have to eat these! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Those look delicious. I've missed your recipe posts!

  14. Cardinals and finches are regulars at our bird feeder too. They are so much fun to watch. I'd love to see an orange variant - so cool! Very little snow here in SE Wisconsin also. Love those almond butter cookies!


I always enjoy hearing from you, my blogging friends.