One of the things you learn when you have knee surgery is that your Home Care Staff is a very important part of your life.
The nurse who comes and takes blood and vitals.
And the Physical Therapist whose goal it is to get you out of bed and first into a walker, and then using a cane and finally, being able to navigate totally under your own power.
And it is their job -- to come and do those things -- but I felt that I wanted to say "thank you" for doing their job and doing their job well.
And what better way to say "thank you" than with food!
So the very first thing I did in the kitchen was to bake cookies. For Cathy and Jamie. So I could properly say "thank you" on the day of their last visit.
Packed into a celophane bag and tied with a ribbon, it was the perfect way for me to say thank you to two people who were so very important to me the first two weeks after surgery.
It's a favorite recipe from a favorite cookbook, Anna Pump's Country Weekend Entertaining. I omitted the chocolate, however, for mine must have been old and it wouldn't melt properly. Husband Jim (who managed to snag a few) felt that they were as good without as with.
1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/ t. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 t. baking powder
1 cup shelled salted peanuts
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350. Butter a baking sheet (or use parchment or silpats).
In a bowl, cream the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until the mixture is light. Add the vanilla and egg. Beat well. Add the flour, baking powder and peanuts. Blend well.
Drop rounded tablespoons of batter, 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are light brown. Cool.
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled cookies. Store in a cool dry place.
It's Friday which means that it's time for Foodie Friday so everyone please join Michael at Designs by Gollum to see what's been cooking this week!