October 19, 2011

Maple Walnut Cookies {& My FIRST Bloggy Hop}

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Autumn is here!!!

Aren't you just out of your mind excited?

I AM! {If you didn't already know from all of my fall harvest excitement}

What's not to love? There's the crisp chill in the air, football on TV, the leaves changing into beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows, baseball getting closer to the world series, an abundance of apples and pumpkins, and so so so many amazing recipes out there that I can't help but to get my hands on them and start cooking.
I have been drowning my kitchen in pumpkin recipes lately {with no regrets} and I thought with my sweet-tooth on a hunt, I would switch to mother natures sweetener... sweet succulent maple syrup.

My father has always been a sucker for the maple syrup and walnut combination so that was my inspiration for these cookies. A delicious cookie with the comfort and warmth of Sunday breakfast on a brisk fall morning. 

{Bliss in a bite}
These cookies went like hot cakes {seriously}. And to fill my healthy conscience, these cookies are only sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar... all raw organic ingredients. 

Paul, my father, Mary and I had a blast 'chewing the fat' and laughing it up over glasses of wine, an amazing chicken roast and these deliciously chewy cookies. We had a fabulous night. 

Once again these cookies confirm that fall has the most beautiful scenery and the best tasting recipes out of the year. 

Trust me, these warm harvest indulgences will not dis-satisfy or disappoint... just make sure you make enough because hands will be sneaking in under your nose for a second bite.

Maple Walnut Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup real maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup raw walnuts, crushed

Granulated or organic sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture, add walnuts and combine until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.


Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.

Serve warm and possibly even with a glass of hot apple cider. Yum!


Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 
Recipe adopted by The Cooking Photographer


Come see these and much more at the Cookie Swap!!!

{Blog Hop Time}
Now for even more Harvest fun!
My very first BLOGGY HOP, I am so excited {although not completely sure what I am doing}.
This hop is open till the end of October and with that being said, link up all your favorite HARVEST FALL recipes and treats so that we can all enjoy the visual indulgence of the season.

Guidelines:
1. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you like!
2. Link up to your ACTUAL recipe, not just your homepage. Much easier to find you that way!
3. Leave comments so I can thank you and visit you back!
4. Please try to visit at least 2 other sites and tell them you found them here on A Healthy Jalapeño
5. Follow my blog here or find me on Facebook 
6. HAVE FUN!!! :)

13 comments:

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Happy First Bloggy Hop!! That is so exciting!! You do know what you are doing!! MMM- your cookies are wonderful- I bet they did go fast and healthy- wow! Thank you for hosting this wonderful party! Here's to more BH and to your success!!

Nettie

Lisa @ Lisasdinnertimedish said...

Congratulations on your first Bloggy Hop! I have shared my recipe for chili.
Thanks for hosting!!

Laura Jeanne said...

Thanks everyone so much. Once I figured out how to put it together I just had to get one started right away. I LOVE blog hops!
@Lisa, I will be checking that chili out, I was in the market for a good recipe for this weekend and yours sounds great.

Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen said...

I just linked mine up!! How funnn...how going to check out the others!!

Sumee said...

that's a great looking cookies., and liked your link ups too. Nice to have collection of fall recipes at one spot.

Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish said...

I have a surprise for you!! Please stop by my page.
http://lisasdinnertimedish.blogspot.com/2011/10/i-was-awarded-liebster-blog-award.html

Autumn@Good Eats Girl said...

These cookies look amazing! I'm going to need to try them!

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Wow, those cookies look fabulous! You were absolutely right, these are right up my ally. I love a chewy cookie. I can taste it now :) Nice blog hop work :)

Mary said...

These cookies sound great!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

These look AMAZING! The perfect taste of fall. I love the combination of maple and walnut! I need to add these to my cookie recipes! :)

Lisa said...

Wow, I love your pictures of these cookies. So glad to have you as a follower. I'm off now to check out more yummy recipes on your blog.

tanja said...

LOVE your cookies LJ! Happy 1st Bloggy Hop!!! I have shared my recipe for Apple Honey & Cinnamon Crumble w/ Candied Walnuts.
Thanks for hosting!

Tanja

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño said...

These were such a big hit. My gf Charlotte also decided to cook these bad boys up... Check out her thoughts on the chewy sweet topic here:
http://ouryrinfood.blogspot.com/2011/11/delicious-fall-cookies-from-fellow.html