We’ve had a couple of wet days in Unalaska, but that is good for the new growth that all of us are expecting. We did scrape the old paint off the family graves on Saturday and were hoping for some good wood-drying weather so that we can apply paint to the fence boards and crosses, but that’s not happening right now. We’ll just have to give it a few days. In the meantime, between meetings, visiting, taking care of SP (yes, his mother is away for classes, AGAIN), cooking dinners, etc., I occasionally bake. Or make candy. I made chocolate pixies the other day. I first found this recipe in a Land O’ Lakes cookbook. I love cookbooks, and if I find one outstanding recipe in a cookbook, I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth! These cookies are one of those cookies that are pretty simple to make. But they are one of those cookies that are totally addictive. You absolutely cannot eat just one.
|1||Half a stick of butter (1/4 cup)|
|4||(1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate|
|2||cups all-purpose flour|
|2||teaspoons baking powder|
|1/2||cup chopped pecans or walnuts|
Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth (8 to 10 minutes). Cool completely (30 minutes).
Combine melted chocolate mixture, 1 cup flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in the remaining flour and nuts. Cover and refrigerate until the dough if firm and easy to manage. About 1-2 hours.
Heat oven to 300°F. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Actually, I am all about parchment paper as it makes cleaning up much easier. Bake each batch for 15 to 18 minutes, or until set.
After taking a container over to mom and dad, mom told me that they ate two, and then to save themselves, they froze the rest!