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Friday, July 15, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (7)

the Ranch Dog

Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond, Hardcover

written by:  Ree Drummond
illustrated by:  Diane deGroat

     Charlie is a loveable Basset hound.  He brags about how hard he works, but it's really his best friend, Suzie who does most of the work.  Charlie is usually eating or napping. 

     One day Charlie wakes up and realizes he has to save the garden from the cows all by himself.  He saves the garden and exhaustedly lays down for another nap, hoping Suzie won't forget to wake him up for his dinner. 

Linzer Square Cookies


1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam


Preheat oven to 375 ° degrees.

Grease a 9" x 9" pan.

     Put walnuts in a food processor and grind.  Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, sugar, brown sugar and process to combine.  Add the butter and process until like small crumbs.  Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture, set aside.  Add the beaten egg to the processor bowl.  Process until clumps scraping the sides of the bowl.

     Press dough evenly in the pan.  Heat jam in a saucepan.  Spread the jam over the walnut mixture.  Sprinkle with reserved walnut mixture.  Bake at 375 ° degrees for 23 to 27 minutes.  Cool & Cut.

Prep Time:  15 minutes         Cook Time 23 to 27 minutes

Don't Forget the Milk!

1 comment:

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Charlie seems like a fun dog. I think this book was featured on B&N audio summer series too. I watched it with my son during its release.