Thursday, January 13, 2011

[Giveaway] Walnut Acorn Cookies and Why I Will Never Be an Aries

If you ask me when my birthday is, I'll tell you it's May 6th.

If you ask me what my sign is, I'll tell you that I'm a Taurus.

Well, now my birthday is still the same, but apparently my whole life has been a lie because I'm no longer a Taurus, according to people I don't care to look into or worry about. In fact, I really only read a few headlines about the proposed new astrological change and then skimmed down to the part where it tells you about what your new sign would be.

When I read about the changes I felt like a 12-year old girl, completely peed off about not being able to see Justin Bieber sing another of his four songs.

This is just like the time I found out I wasn't actually as Italian as I thought I was, but instead what I thought to be Italian was replaced with a whole mess of European nationalities.

If you're like me, then you're one of the unlucky people who've now been informed that your whole life has been a lie and that, in fact, you aren't who you think you are.

I've always felt that my sign really represented me.

Taurus, as taken from Astrology Online:

"They are stable, balanced, conservative good, law-abiding citizens and lovers of peace, possessing all the best qualities of the bourgeoisie. As they have a sense of material values and physical possessions, respect for property and a horror of falling into debt, they will do everything in their power to maintain the security of the status quo and be somewhat hostile to change."

That sounds exactly like me. I really do love my possessions and I swear I'm a complete, law-abiding citizen.

Aries, as taken from Astrology Online:

"Mentally Arians are intellectual and objective, but can be in rare situations bigoted and extremist in religion and politics. They are good champions of lost causes and last-ditch resistance. They are quick-witted but sometimes foolhardy and over optimistic, lacking thoroughness and the ability to evaluate difficulties in the undertakings into which they often rush impulsively."

If you know me, I'm anything BUT impulsive. In fact, I spend way too much time overthinking everything. I'm as passionate about not being an Aries as I am about never wearing corduroy.

If you're curious to see how this earth shattering news has ruined your life just like it has ruined mine, visit this link and be forever destroyed by your own life uncertainty.

In hard times like this I find it comforting to have a nice cookie, or seventeen, to fall back on. I'm so glad I have these Walnut Acorn Cookies to help me through this difficult time. They're extremely simple to make and even easier to eat. A little too easy actually.


Walnut Acorn Cookies via The Gourmet Cookie Book


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or Rice Krispies
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (2 ounces)


1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Mix in flour mixture at low speed, then stir in walnuts or Rice Krispies, which are what I used.

2. Preheat oven to 375'F or 350'F depending on your oven. A few of my cookies burned on the bottom because 375'F was just too warm.

3. Form 2 teaspoons of dough into an egglike shape the size of an acorn. Make more "acorns," arranging them 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in batches in middle of oven until undersides are light brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool.

4. Dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and then in chopped nuts. Place as coated on a baking sheet lined with wax paper to set, about 15 minutes.

5. The cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper, for up to 1 week.


I hope you enjoy making these cookies as much as I did eating them.

Until next time, happy baking!


Book Giveaway!

As recently promised on my Facebook page I am now giving away two books; Options and Artificial Intentions, written by the very talented Rosemarie D'Amico.


The prizes have been donated by the author, who I am related to. However, there will be no conflict of interest when it comes to determining the winner and the author of these books will have no say in who receives the prize. The winner of the giveaway will be determined randomly from I have not received anything for this giveaway and the prizes of this giveaway are coming directly from the author herself at her own cost.

Good luck!


  1. New reader, love your posts, and more so your recipes! I had to laugh at the change of signs- I haven't heard this yet!

  2. Oh my, I'm apparently a Taurus instead of a Gemini according to the changes. I'm going to pretend I never saw it. These cookies look super yummy, I love nuts and chocolate together.

  3. Nice recipe! Will surely try that one day. And btw, I thought the horoscope change only applies to those born after year 2009? I think I read that somewhere. Cheers~ ;)

  4. i follow via gfc as (mverno)

  5. Sounds like a good cookie recipe! Dont know what to think of the horoscope thing, not as much into it as I was when a teen. The books look good and I love to read so it would b a good win for me!

  6. my little mermaid books

  7. My favorite book when i was a kid was Where the Wild Things Are. These cookies look great, highly addictive i am sure!

  8. Nancy Drew was my favourite: the secret staircase and all. I spent my allowance every week on a new book. Still Love Mysteries.

  9. i loved the cat in the hat when i was little
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks Jordan for checking out my blog :) These cookies look fabulous!! Yumm. I didn't like finding out I was really a Taurus instead of a Gemini....but then after reading about it online I feel like I might be a Taurus after all!! Maybe that's why those Gemini horoscopes I read all my life never panned out, hah!!


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