Sunday, August 19, 2007

Walnut Cookies

After a crazy Friday including Kay's school orientation, soccer practice and a slumber party, Saturday was perfectly non-eventful! We basically sat around watching TV and just relaxed. Our weather is also temporarily cool so it made it even more enjoyable. By the mid-afternoon, I was getting a little bored though, and when I get bored, I cook. It was too early to start dinner so I went looking for a dessert and found these cookies. Perfect!

Maple Walnut Cookies
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3 dozen walnut halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the oil, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla and maple extracts, and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Add the milk and cornstarch and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved.

Add the flour and baking soda. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

Drop by tablespoonful about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet. Press a walnut half into the center of each cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Kay: I like walnuts a lot but I didn't like the walnuts on top. There's enough walnuts inside the cookie. My dad just said that there should be more walnut on top, though!

Mom (Dana): These are really sticky, chewy kind of cookies - my favorite kind! I had a lot of trouble getting the cornstarch to dissolve and ended up using my hands. Other than that, these were pretty easy and didn't require me to drag out my Kitchen Aid.


Valli said...

These sound so tasty!! Maple and walnmuts are one of my favourite combinatins. I love maple walnut icecream!!! Here in western Canada we don't make maple maple forests...but they make birch syrup which is similar.

Champsleeve said...

We put maple syrup on so many things that I forget it isn't as common other places! My friends from England took maple syrup back with them after a trip as gifts and we had to laugh! I don't think we could get away with giving maple syrup as a gift around here but we would miss it if it wasn't available.