Vanilla Walnut “Shortbread” and Liebster Award

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

Jennifer from Luv What You Do was kind enough to give me for a Liebster Award.  I love reading Jennifer’s blog for all her adventures in fitness and healthy eating.  It is so great to read another blogger’s posts on exercise.  I am always getting healthy ideas and lots of inspiration from Jennifer.  I was absolutely shocked when I received this award, and to be honest I had to do some investigation into what it is.  A Liebster is given to bloggers by other bloggers who like them.  The awarded bloggers then have to share eleven facts about themselves, answer eleven questions from the blogger whom nominated them, share eleven new questions, and nominate eleven bloggers.  I am so honored and excited, so let’s get right to it.

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Eleven Facts About Me

  • I don’t know how to drive a car and I have no interest in learning.  I tried to drive once and felt the car was going to fast when it was idling.  Luckily I have Mom and Dad to drive me places . . . I’ll worry about the future another day.
  • I am obsessed with nail polish.  I have bottle after bottle of it, more than I could ever use.  It makes me feel happy and pretty when I’m down or just at home wearing a track suit.
  • I exercise two hours a day five days a week.  I run for an hour and play Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge for an hour.  It kicks my butt but makes me feel great and lets me eat all the yummy things I make.
  • If I am at home and awake, my TV is on.  I love watching TV and do so while blogging, baking, writing, eating, reading, sometimes I even leave it on when I sleep.  And there’s even one in my bathroom.
  • I watch almost everything after it has been recorded on my TiVo.  I almost never watch commercials.  I can watch so much more TV!  Yay!
  • I never wear perfume because I’m allergic; however I collect little decorative bottles and display them on a tray in my bedroom.
  • I make a concerted effort to avoid buying things made in China.  My kitchen, closet, house, and life in general are filled with things made in France, Germany, and my favorite, good old America.
  • I never lay out in the sun.  I have fair skin, don’t want to get burned and don’t want skin cancer.  So if I’m spending more than twenty minutes outside I’m carrying an umbrella.
  • I don’t shake hands or fist bump.  I’m germaphobic and don’t want to do something so minor I’ll spend the rest of the day worrying about.  I’ll elbow bump if absolutely necessary.
  • I always wear a small gold and citrine ring that my Granny gave Mom when she was a little girl.  I now also wear one she gave my aunt with an emerald as well.  They remind me of them and make me feel like they are always with me, even if they aren’t.
  • When I am in the house, I always wear Ugg Slippers.  They are so soft and fluffy and keep my feet warm and clean.  I love when I get a new pair as the fur surrounds my toes.  I just wish they lasted longer.  No shoes are ever allowed to be warn in the house.

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Eleven Questions from Jennifer

  1. What is your astrological sign?  Do you fit the description?

My astrological sign is Aquarius.  I am original, artistic, and inventive, along with being impatient and opinionated.  I am also pretty eccentric, so I would say I surprisingly do fit the description.

2.  What is your favorite winter activity?

My favorite winter activity is staying home and watching TV.  I really do not like winter weather and want desperately to move somewhere warm.  So any activity that allows me to stay home and warm is the best.  I’m a TV addict, so it’s always nice when the fall season starts.

3.  Flats or Heels?

Heels all the way.  If I am outside of the house, I have heels on.  The higher, the better.  The lowest heels I own are 3.5 inches, and the tallest are 6 with a platform.  Shoes are one of my favorite things.

4.  Who was your first kiss?

I still haven’t had my first kiss :(  But it will happen when the time is right.

5.  If you could get rid of one form of social media, what would it be?

Facebook.  I just don’t like Facebook.  It is weird and complicated and not everyone who likes me gets to see my posts and their advertising is funky.  Yeah, not a fan of Facebook.

6.  Last race you participated in?  What race are you doing next?

I have never participated in a race.  While I know I could do one physically, I just don’t know if I have the mental toughness to do it.

7.  What is your favorite gift to give others?

Food.  I’m a foodie and I love sharing great food with others.  If they are close, I love to share the things I make.  But for those far away, I send food from my favorite places, Zingerman’s or Jeni’s Ice Cream, among others.

8.  If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?

A house in California and enough hours on a private plane to get there.  I would be happy with that alone forever.

9.  What is your favorite meal?  Breakfast, lunch or Dinner and Why?

Dinner.  It is the meal Mom and I always make together without having to rush around.  It is always different and my favorite way to round out the day.  I also love the foods I eat at dinner – fish, beef, vegetables, fruit, dessert.  And it’s my biggest meal of the day, so as a foodie, it’s bound to be my favorite.

10.  Do your friends, family and coworkers know that you are a blogger?

Anyone who comes into contact with me knows I am a blogger.  If I can have your attention for one moment, I will mention my blog, hand you a business card, and beg you to visit, like me on Facebook, etc.  I want my blog to grow sooooo badly.

11.  What do you like most about blogging and what is the hardest part?

I love that blogging forces me to bake and pushes me out of my comfort zone to do so.  If I’m out of posts, I’m forced to the kitchen to whip up something.  I also don’t want my blog to be filled with boring recipes or the same things everyone else is making, so it’s a blast coming up with different and creative ideas.  The hardest part is growing my blog.  No matter what I do, it just won’t grow.  Please visit and help it grow :)  Taking photos is a very close second.  Sometimes I just want to throw the camera across the room.

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

Eleven New Questions

  1. If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?
  2. Where is the best place you have taken a vacation?
  3. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
  4. What is your favorite TV show?
  5. What is your favorite season – spring, summer, fall, or winter, and why?
  6. What is your favorite thing you have posted on your blog?
  7. What made you start blogging?
  8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  9. If you could have a superhero power what would it be?
  10. Since I have never been on a first date, what would your ideal first date be like?
  11. Do you have a good luck charm?

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

Eleven Bloggers that Inspire Me

Averie Cooks

The Cooking Actress

Cooking Quidnunc

Crepes of Wrath

Diethood

The Healthy Apple

Julia’s Album

The Messy Baker Blog

The Pancake Princess

The Ruby Red Apron

Sally’s Baking Addiction

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

These are the blogs I read all the time and the bloggers I have come to feel are my friends.  They make this crazy blogging adventure so much more enjoyable, as I look forward to seeing their latest creations day in and day out.  Whenever I need a smile, I look to them and they always provide great content and sometimes a little needed encouragement.

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

On to the recipe.  I wanted to make something quick, easy, and healthy.  That’s right I said healthy.  Aida Mollenkamp tweeted these Vanilla Walnut “Shortbread” Cookies and I knew instantly I had to give them a try.  They are ready in well under an hour, including chilling time.  The flavor and texture are incredible.  Okay, if you gave me a blind taste test, I’m pretty sure I could tell the difference between these and traditional shortbread, but these are a completely addictive guilt free treat.  The honey flavor stands out, which I welcomed, as there aren’t many desserts that really taste like honey.  The texture is fine and sandy, kind of like shortbread.  I also think these could have many variations.  Swap the walnuts for pecans or almonds.  I am also wondering if maple syrup could be used instead of honey to make them vegan in addition to being gluten free.  They can also be raw if you use raw honey.  I did not as it brings more possible health risks than processed honey.  Regardless, whip up a batch of these cookies and eat a couple while visiting my favorite blogs to find some more kitchen inspiration.  I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing it.

Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award

4.3 from 8 reviews
Vanilla Walnut "Shortbread" and Liebster Award
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Serves: 15
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 30-60 seconds, until all the ingredients are combined and a dough is formed. You may need to scrape down the bowl and break up the ingredients if they form a ball.
  2. Take a spoonful of dough and roll it into a ball in your hands. Place it onto the lined baking sheet. Once all the dough has been formed into balls, press down on each ball to flatten it slightly. I did not flatten them too much, but flatten as much as you like. Place the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes before enjoying. Cookies may be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Shutterbean

 

 

Comments

  1. Awww you’re too sweet I <3 you! I love these cookies toooo!!!

    I also hate to drive and watch TV 99% of the time ;)

  2. Love this recipe! It reminds me of the days when I made tons of raw/vegan nut-based stuff, and with coconut too. I used to use agave rather than honey, but same overall vibe. Mmm, they look good!

    Thanks for the award. Can’t believe you don’t drive! We don’t wear shoes in the house, ever, either. And commercials are a thing of the past with recorded Tv shows!

    One response to this one:
    Where is the best place you have taken a vacation? = Aruba! We love it there and it’s a magical place! Thanks for the award!

    • Laura says:

      Agave is such a good idea! I was thinking about how it could be made vegan. I wasn’t sure maple syrup would work, but agave makes total sense. I’ve never used it, so I forget about it. Aruba certainly looks wonderful whenever you post about it. It makes me feel like I’m on a mini vacation.

  3. It was so fun to read your answers and learn more about your non-blogger life! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and your ‘shortbread’ cookies were an awesome idea. I was wondering if they were made with nuts. I have most of the ingredients at my house, so I may have to whip up a batch. Cheers to big things ahead in 2013!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks again for the award! This post was a blast to write and really forced me out of my comfort zone. I know you would love these cookies :)

  4. Awe; thank you so much darling! You are so kind for thinking of me and nominating me. Thank you and sending you a HUGE hug. xoox
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

    • Laura says:

      You are so welcome, Amie! I enjoy your blog for not only healthy and yummy recipes, but for your super thoughtful posts. They always get me thinking and inspire me! A great weekend to you too :)

  5. The honey sounds great in these cookies! What an interesting mix with no butter. I have to say, my favorite gift to give is food too. I love baking things for gifts!

    • Laura says:

      Food is so wonderful to give because it’s like giving a part of yourself. Of course, then there’s the hoping they like it! Thanks, Lisa!

  6. Wow, thanks for nominating me Laura! These cookies sound so good, love coconut.
    I had fun reading your answers. Yeah… sometimes I, too, feel like throwing the camera across the room!

    • Laura says:

      I love seeing all the fun and different things you make on your blog, Ruby! Yes, it’s a miracle my camera has survived ;) Thanks, Ruby!

  7. Debbie Eccard says:

    Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it and love how candid and honest you are in your posting. I will try these cookies…..but I don’t have a food processor. Will use my stand mixer and try it that way….

    Glad you still where my ring!

    Hugs, Aunt Debbie

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Debbie! I love wearing both your ring and Mom’s. They mean so much to me. Try making these in a blender – I think that would probably work.

  8. Jessica says:

    I am going to try to make the raw version of these – they sound amazing! I am a big fan of coconut as well as almonds so I was really drawn to this recipe. From your blog I was already aware of some of the answers to the questions posed, but the facts let me learn a little more about you. I also really liked the questions that you listed for the bloggers that you nominated. Great job once again Laura!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Jessica! Almonds would be great in these cookies. Please let me know if you make them and how they turn out :)

  9. Natalie says:

    Thanks so much for the vote :) Also, this recipe looks fantastic! I love that it’s all delicious and healthy ingredients and easy to make! Perfect snack!

  10. Laura, thank you for nominating me! This is quite an award: Eleven answers, eleven questions, etc…. It was so interesting to read your answers. I learned to drive the car when I was 24, and I’ve always been considered to be the oldest to learn to drive among my friends. I laughed when I read about you not liking to shake hands, because I am the same way. I just don’t like it, for the same reason: germs. Doesn’t mean I don’t like the person, but you never know where somebody’s hand was before. :)

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Julia :) I’m glad I’m not alone in being late to the driving party. Also good to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like shaking hands. I always hope people aren’t offended, but I have to do what’s best for me.

  11. Laura, thank you so much for the inspiration award. It really means a lot to me! THANK YOU. :)

  12. I love any kind of shortbread, so I will have to give these a try! And I also don’t allow shoes to be worn in my house ever. People think I’m weird, but it really grosses me out.

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Natasha, and thanks for visiting :) I know you’ll love these cookies! It just doesn’t make sense to me that people wear shoes in their houses. If only they knew what was lurking on them . . .

  13. Lendon says:

    When I think of eating something healthy, I normally think loss of flavor, loss of sugar, loss of interest! But, these actually kept all the flavor and tasted great. I had no idea these were healthy. Good recipie! Thank you!

  14. Erika says:

    Laura, you are so sweet–thanks so much for the award! You are such an engaging writer–I think this is the first award post I’ve actually read all the way through and I loved learning all those little things you, like your nail polish obsession (I would be obsessed if I wasn’t too lazy to remove my polish more often!) and how crazy-much you exercise!! Plus, I am totally excited about raw desserts these days and I LOVE the look of this shortbread. I’m thinking it might be great for a base of the raw vegan lemon bars I’m trying to make–thanks for the inspiration!

    • Laura says:

      Thank you Erika :) I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my post. Taking off nail polish is no fun, but I only have to do it once a week. Using this as a base of raw vegan lemon bars sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see that recipe :)

  15. kristy says:

    I really enjoyed reading your answers! And just hang in there, you’re blog will grow ;)! These cookies were fantastic! I would have never guessed these were healthy. I will definately have to try making these :)

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Kristy :) I’m so glad you liked the cookies! It’s always great when something is healthy, but doesn’t taste like it.

  16. Dad says:

    These have a very distinctive taste and texture.

  17. sal says:

    I LOVE WALNUTS SO MY FIRST BITE TASTED GREAT,BUT AS MY TASTE BUDS KICKED IN I FELT THERE WAS SOMETHING WAS MISSING AS FAR AS WHAT I WAS EXPECTING.

  18. Carol says:

    I love walnuts too, but I’m with Sal…rather disappointing. Dad said it best , distinctive. Looking forward to the next recipe.

  19. Hank says:

    I always did like the taste of walnuts so this treat was an instant hit in my book.

    • Laura says:

      Loved reading your Liebster Award post! It’s always fascinating to learn more about the people behind my favorite blogs.

  20. These sound pretty good! I’m allergic to walnuts (but no other nuts, weird!)… do you think this would work with like pecans? I love the taste of walnuts still.. so maybe I’ll just suffer through the mild reaction ;-)

    • Laura says:

      I think this would be great with pecans, almonds, whatever kind of nut you like or can eat. I am going to give it a try with a different nut the next time I make them. Thanks for visiting, Kelly! Let me know how making them goes :)

  21. Jeff says:

    I liked the combination of flavors, and agree the texture was interseting.

  22. Brandy says:

    Can you use sweetened coconut? That’s all I have on hand & I can’t say that I’ve ever seen unsweetened before. Thank you!

    • Laura says:

      I think it would be fine to use sweetened coconut, Brandy! I haven’t tried it before but it shouldn’t make much of a difference. Please let me know how they turn out :)

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