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Anniversaries And Crack Nuts


Several things of note in this post (aside from the obvious: so where’s the next Avengers post?):

Firstly, Dragon and I celebrated our eighth anniversary Monday and Tuesday (very long story, something I’ll be sure to elaborate on later), so you could say I’ve been a bit… preoccupied.  We’ve eaten at glamorous middle class restaurants and wandered snow-free botanical gardens lit by millions of twinkling lights.

Just one of many fantastic displays at the Belleveue Botanical Gardens: Garden De'Light display.

Secondly, as I’ve been asked several times, I’m going to provide here the recipe to my Christmas Pecans (aka Crack Nuts), because I’ve already been accused of putting something illegally addictive in the recipe. LOL.

Thirdly, tomorrow’s my birthday. Yay me! The Snarkstress sees the dawning of another year. Woo boy!

Fourthly, Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Merry Solstice, Happy Festivus, etc.  We’re having a huge dinner, with some fantastic gaming, and long distance family bonding.  Here’s hoping everyone else out there has a merry festive occasion of their choice.

Oh my gods. This is the most sickeningly adorable thing ever! Avengers...Assemble! *just wants to snatch up Emo!Thor and cuddle him!*

So… with all of that out of the way: Here’s the Christmas Nuts you’ve asked for all year!

The Snarkstress’s Christmas Pecans

1 lb. pecan halves
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
1/2 cup butter

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.  Cut up butter into bottom of 13×9 casserole dish and place in oven to melt.

Meanwhile, whip egg white until frothy.  Add water, sugar, and spices.  Add pecans to spice mixture, stir well to coat, then pour into pan.

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 and a half hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before eating. Trust me on this. Hot nuts on your tongue is not something you want to explain to the ER nurses.


~Happy Holidaze!
The Snarkstress *H*

Cookie Conundrum


I ask you, dear readers, have you ever found yourself craving a cookie, but you’re completely torn as to which you’d prefer? Chocolate Chip? Peanut butter? Pecan sandies?

We have the solution to solve your cookie conundrum!

Presenting: Couchlocked Cookies!

These marvelous morsels are a little bit peanut butter cookie, a little bit milk chocolate chip, a little pecan sandie, and just a smidge of bittersweet chocolate chip too. But most of all? They’re entirely made of yum!

Couchlocked Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Beat butter, sugar and peanut butter in medium bowl until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, blending well.
3) Stir in chips and pecans.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (I use one of those cookie scoop thingies) onto ungreased cookie sheet.
4) Bake 12 – 14 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges.  Cool for about 1 minute on the sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen or so.