Walnut Pralines!

I got this recipe out of an actual cookbook. WOW. I changed it a little, but the basic concept is there. I would never have bought a cookie cookbook, because, well, I’m pretty solid on cookies… but the book came with a silpat. And I needed one of those. And a silpat is usually $20 and the set was $15. So I totally scored. And got a praline recipe.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (packed down)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (swing for the real stuff)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts

How to do it:

  1. Preheat the over to 375 degrees
  2. Soften the butter. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and the baking powder and blend together. Then add the vanilla and the egg and blend some more. Then add the flour (either mix this in with a spoon, or, if you are using an electric mixer, be real careful – put it on the lowest setting).
  3. Stir in the nuts.
  4. Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet (or silpat) in little balls about a teaspoon big, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes
  7. Eat some more.

Apple Dumplings!

These things are… so so so so so so so yummy. I made these as a special yummy surprise for my Big, Alece.

SERIOUSLY-You have to make these.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3-4 green apples (granny smith)
  • 2 tubes of those pilsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 can of mountain dew (I know, just go with it)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter (YIKES) (melted)
  • 1 tbs Vanilla.

Here’s what you do!

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 in casserole dish
  3. Peel the apples – it sucks, I know.
  4. Cut up the peeled apples (I used one of those apple core thingies)
  5. Wrap each apple in a crescent roll by rolling it up like a sleeping bag.
  6. Mix together: vanilla, melted butter, and sugar.
  7. Pour butter mixture all over the dumplings – try to do it evenly if you can.
  8. Pour 12 oz of mountain dew over the whole thing (it should look all gross and sticky)
  9. Put the pan in the oven for 30-35 minutes.


Serve these HOT, they’re better that way

Serve with ice cream for an extra amazing time.