Wednesday, September 9, 2009

She's a smart little cookie

Calico, my sous chef, told me she wanted to play with me in the kitchen some more. It warms my heart when she wants to spend time with me and I don’t want to pass up any opportunity, so today we baked.

She wanted to make some cookies. Of course, that's only because she knows that when we make cookies she gets to lick the beaters, clean the bowl with her fingers, and eat lots of cookie dough. She gets her three-day sugar quota in twenty minutes and gets to have fun doing it. That’s why she likes to make cookies.

Oh wait....Isn't that why we all like to make cookies????

We have a wonderful time in the kitchen together, but I know that in about an hour her sugar-rush will turn into a sugar-crash. It's not fair to her mom that I pump her full of sugar and take her home before the crash... but that is one of the benefits of being a grandma. That... and all those precious hugs and kisses.


2 cubes butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners'sugar
1 tsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add water and vanilla. Mix in flour until combined. Stir in nuts. Roll into walnut size balls or shape into crecents and place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar or dust lightly with powdered sugar immediately after removing from oven. Roll or dust again with powdered sugar after cookies have cooled for 10 minutes.


  1. I would love to bake with your sous chef sometime.....she looks like she really knows her way around the kitchen!

  2. Yes, she is skilled beyond belief. She truly is a smart little cookie. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Greay post, CaliCook. These look like some tasty cookies. . . Russian tea cookies, huh? Now tell me. . . did all that powdered sugar get all over that cute red apron that Calico is wearing? Seems like the sugar will fly when little hands get a very sweet high.

  4. Yes anonymous, there was powdered sugar everywhere... which reminds me of one of my favorite poems...

    Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow
    For children grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.
    So, quiet down cobwebs... dust, go to sleep
    I play with my children cause children don't keep.

  5. Your smart little cookie seems to be a natural in the kitchen... just like her grandma! Memories in the making xo

  6. And she's a cute little cookie, too.

  7. Is this the coolest cookie recipe ever? Wow. . . sweetie, you are so talented.

  8. C is for cookie, that's good enough for me. . . cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C. . . See my video:

  9. I love the Cookie Monster and I love cookies, too. . . so this recipe is right up my alley. . . Lots of sugar, and lots of fun making them.