Coupla' crazy days again this week. Our older daughter "graduated" from kindergarten. It was a very unique kindergarten experience that we felt fortunate to have, so it was difficult to say goodbye to the year and the teachers. I cannot imagine her attending full days in 1st grade either. I like having lunch with both girls -- even with juice spilling on the table, food landing on my shirt, and the constant jibba-jabba!
We've had a lot of activities with the school the last few days (and weeks). A graduation ceremony, an end-of-school party (and someone even made these mini vegan banana breads!! And labeled them with the ingredients!... I forgot to ask who, and should have, because that was super thoughtful). Anyhow, lots going on, all of it heavy with parental emotion.
Cookies helped! Chocolate too, but this time I skipped the chocolate to make my Maple Walnut Cookies from Vive. I remember testing these recipes and thinking about the maple walnut ice cream flavor that my mom loved so much when we were kids. I never understood her fondness for it, but then most kids don't have a hankering for walnuts! Now, I get those combinations like maple walnut and butter pecan. Yes, they are yum-um-y.
Speaking of butter pecan, these cookies are just as delicious with pecans, if you prefer their sweeter nutty taste. If you are familiar with my Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, these Maple Walnut Cookies are similar, however, the batter is not as firm when you form the cookies and the finished cookie is also a little softer. The maple flavor really comes through, and that sweetness is balanced by the earthy walnuts.
Ice cream also helped. With or without the cookies. I won't show you how many ice creams I have in rotation right now though. Maybe one day you'll get a peak...