Someone gets to enjoy a little refreshment.
The Focus challenge.
When I woke up this morning, I was craving these cookies, so after breakfast I made a batch. One good thing about running a bed and breakfast … having guests is always a great excuse to make cookies! After the recipe, I have included a photo of the cookies and pictures from my recent trip to the Adirondacks. Tomorrow, back to Kansas themes!
Makes about 28
Soft white chocolate chip cookies flavored with rum and studded with cranberries, coconut and walnuts.
1 c. all-purpose flour (substitute white rice flour for gluten-free cookies or if you prefer crisper cookies)
3/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. granulated white sugar
1 lg. egg
3/4 t. rum extract
5 oz. real white chocolate, chopped or 1 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 c. sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 c. sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and rum extract. On lowest mixer speed, beat in dry ingredients and then white chocolate, cranberries, coconut and walnuts.
- Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets leaving about 3” between cookies. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms and just barely set. Place baking sheets wire racks and allow cookies to cool.
A lesson that I’ve learned over the years is that the best antidote to an unpleasant experience is to do (or plan) something pleasant as soon as possible. That isn’t to say that I am always good at following my own advice; but sometimes I actually manage to.
Just before check-in yesterday, I discovered that one of our four hot water heaters had broken and that water was running all over the southern half of our basement. After calling my husband and the plumber, I had to haul dripping wet boxes out to the back yard and mop up the mess downstairs. No fun. But afterward, I went outside to photograph the garden and found that my sage plants were covered with butterflies – at least four different kinds. The one pictured below is a Painted Lady. While I wish that the water heater hadn’t broken, taking pictures of butterflies was good stress relief; and in the end, all is well.
Anyone who visits us around this time of year is sure to observe that I am a big fan of irises. This morning before breakfast the morning light on the garden was so beautiful, I had to run outside and take a few pictures. As chance would have it, I happened upon what I think was a male Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly – any lepidopterists out there, please correct me if I am wrong – enjoying the flowers as well.
Beverly Sills Iris, top photo
Thornbird Iris, bottom photo