cashew + ritz cracker cookies

cashew + ritz cracker cookies

Ahh yes, I remember those moments, back three days ago, when I could still taste my food. And these cookies! They were a random late-evening attempt at mimicking the potato chip + pecan sandies that I adore, but had not the components for. And I would be so bold as to say that they worked, not so much at mimicking, but at tasting terrific.

Today I am taking a sick day, snuggling up with my honey of a cat and watching the thick-thighed male speed skaters compete in the 500m event in Sochi. More than my love of cookies (which is a briefly-mustered “woot” uttered in my phlegmy sick voice) is my love of the Olympics. Winter sports like ski jumping and snowboard slopestyle? Mad feats of insanity. All of the outfits worn by those various Olympian hotties? Killer style. Emotional recaps of events and athlete fun times featuring soaring overtures with rhythmic new-age pop techno beats? Me in tears, sighing wistfully, every time.

Gearing up for the Games here in northern Maine has been our own little Olympiad. Our television antenna is a chode that doesn’t work, for starters. Secondly, we live in “one of the smallest television markets in the country,” and there is no NBC on network television here, so we’d be out of luck even if we could tune in some sort of imagery. We dallied with the notion of purchasing cable tv just so we could watch the Olympics, but that seemed excessive. And trying to find a live stream online, if you don’t already have a cable subscription, is like navigating the murky backwaters of a piranha-infested river. Why you can’t pay a one-day or one-time fee for online access makes no sense. But lo and behold, we were HOOKED UP this weekend by a generous benefactor, and now, in the words of my excavator operator, we are stylin’ and profilin’. And watching nonstop Olympics.

cashew + ritz cracker cookies

Slopestyle, biathlon, luge, alpine skiing, moguls, ski jumping, speedskating – it’s been an eventful weekend, for me on the eyes mostly. There have been several spectacular falls. There was that one Daft Punk song perfectly intoned by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir. Oh my god, I can’t stop watching it. The one guy in the back with the mustache who stands there grinning and looking somewhere off in space. The other guy in the back who looks like he’s been dead for ten years. Those high notes! The fist pumping! All of it is nothing short of incredible. Aside from pop culture gems, it’s the snowboarding and downhill skiing which I enjoy watching the most, though I’m also feeling a bit of a pull towards skiing+shooting now that we live in this biathlon-centric region. Weird sport, really.

These cookies might sound a bit weird as well, though there’s nothing strange once they reach your mouth. Sweet, salty, nutty, crunchy, buttery, crispy. Great for snacking on while you sit on the couch being lazy watching athletes go for gold.

Cashew + Ritz Cracker Cookies {recipe by myself}

Makes about 15

++Ingredients:++

1/2 c. cashews
3/4 c. flour
Heaping 1/2 c. Ritz crackers, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted+cooled, or room temp
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 egg yolk

++Directions:++

Chop cashews finely, then toast until fragrant over low medium heat in a heavy-bottomed saute pan. Remove from heat, set aside.

Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, mix together flour, crushed Ritz crackers, salt, and cashews.

In a medium or large bowl, combine butter, sugar, and powdered sugar, and mix well or beat with a mixer until light and fluffy, roughly three minutes. Add vanilla, add egg yolk, and mix to combine. Add flour mixture in two parts, mixing well after each addition.

On a baking stone or a parchment-lined baking sheet, place 1″ balls of cookie dough at least two inches apart. Take a water glass, lightly dip it in flour, and gently flatten each cookie to roughly 1/4″ thickness. Dip glass into flour as needed to keep it from sticking to the dough.

Bake for 10-14 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking. When edges have turned a light golden brown, remove from oven. Let cool at least five minutes on pan to harden up, before transferring to a cooling rack.

cashew + ritz cracker cookies

ice fishing

We went ice fishing this weekend. This is what it looks like when all your traps are tangled together. Despite the confusion, the three of us caught two big-ass fish each, including a couple real monsters. I snared one of my fish by jigging the line, after having two consecutive bait fish stolen under my nose. I shouldn’t have gone at all, given my descent into deeper realms of sickness ever since, but it might be the best fishing experience of my life to date.

awww

Just in time for Valentine’s, here is a heart log from me to all of you. I love y’all, thank you for following along.

steep road

And here we have what made me sick. We’ve been constructing a scary-steep winter road that I’ve been fretting over since August. There have been many conversations with heated words, frightening future scenarios imagined, and not a little bit of stress. Oh well, the only place to go now is up.

frye boots

Yesterday I found a pair of Frye boots at Marden’s for 40 smackaroos. Marden’s is a peculiar discount chain store in Maine, where items end up at ridiculous prices. Marden’s is where I recently found corduroy Silver jeans for 10 bucks. It can be quite hit or miss, but when you score, ohhhhhh how you score. And now these boots! I got so excited that I let out more expletives than I’ve ever uttered in public before. They’re a little big, but I don’t mind.

Plus look at my cat.

yoyo party

Finally, we’ve been having quite the yo-yo party lately. Confederate Flag, displayed above. Have you seen what they do with yo-yos these days? HOW DOES IT WORK! My brain hurts just trying to keep up. I want to be great at something like that kid is great at yo-yos.

There’s also this guy. Part performance art, part cartoon, all yo-yo.

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17 thoughts on “cashew + ritz cracker cookies

  1. What a fun, many topics post…And for the icing, we get samurai yo-yo, which is just amazing! Those boots are terrific–can I borrow them sometime?;-)(I bet they’ll fit me!) That kitty sure likes to play, doesn’t she? We enjoyed the pic of the bevy of tip-ups…those fishies must have been HUNGRY! So sorry that you are feeling X##&*@!! Glad to hear that you are able to enjoy some Olympics…you know that we are watching…

    1. It sure is incredible what they can do with yo-yos, I’m amazed. You can definitely wear my boots, but you’ll have to put on some chunky socks, since they’re a bit large for me.

      Kitty likes to play, but she also likes to snoooooooze. She is snoozing in the sun right now. So cute!

    1. I want to feel better, I want to feel better! Can’t say I’ve seen a cracker cookie recipe before either, but there’s no going back now, and I think that’s a good thing!

  2. These cookies sound great since I love sweet and salty! I hope you feel better and can taste again soon :( So cool that you went ice fishing!!!

  3. Those boots!! So many other things went through my mind as I was reading but those boots have just chased them all away. Love them!

  4. Have you ever written out a really long comment and then the internet breaks. That just happened to me. Basically I wrote about how much I love the word chode. I hope you’re feeling better!

    1. That happens to me so often, and it’s ALWAYS when I’m writing the lengthy comments that just can’t be replicated. Lame.

  5. weird = awesome at my house, but you know that already. feel better, emma! until then, yay for winter sports: i’m in love with those myself.

    1. did you watch the snowboard cross? SO MANY CRASHES! i’ve been so pumped for those crashes for weeks now:)

      i’m finally starting to feel better, thanks!

    1. Thanks Adrian, I’m well on my way to recovery! And you are so right, I enjoyed several of these immensely with a nice cuppa.

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