Let's have the good news first. Very happy to announce that my entry Lingue di suocera with star anise for Meeta's Monthly Mingle -World of Spiced Cookies has been chosen the winner of this round.
Anita of Dessert First was kind enough to reward the winner (moi) with a copy of her first book, Field Guide to Cookies: How to identify and bake virtually every cookie imaginable. To purchase Anita's book please click here.
Thank you Anita and Meeta. And to celebrate I baked these wonderful toasted walnut and cassis cookies (only appropriate for the occasion).
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup walnuts, toasted, finely chopped
3/4 cup blackcurrant jam
2 tsp cassis
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a bowl mix butter, sugar, salt and vanilla with a fork. Stir in flour and walnuts. Form tablespoons of dough into balls. Put them on a baking tray 2 inches appart. Flatten them to 1/3 inch thick rounds. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.
Perfect with a glass of milk. Enjoy!