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Hiker’s Bravado Cookies

Inspired by my success with my last recipe from Sweet & Vicious, I decided to try out another one ASAP. One of the things I am really enjoying about this book is the names of the different things she comes up with. Plus, each recipe has a little blurb about her inspiration and more often than not they are quite hilarious.  These Hiker’s Bravado Cookies sounded delicious and appealed to me in spirit since I frequently pray that people will think I am wearing yoga pants because I just came from a work out and not just because they are comfy. I mean, I do have a yoga mat; I’m just not entirely sure where it is right now.

Notes:

  • As you can see, these are not the most attractive cookies; likewise, they are not the cleanest to eat. Expect to end up with pretzel pieces all over; I mean, it looked like a bag pretzels exploded on my counter top by the time I was done. Ultimately, it’s worth it though. These cookies were very good and fairly easy to make. The rolling in the pretzel bits part got a bit messy, but I got rhythm going towards the end.
  • The flavor balance in these cookies is deeply satisfying. You have the richness of the peanut butter, the sweetness from the chocolate chips, a little tart from the dried cranberries, and a nice pop of crunchy salt from the pretzels.
  • The other thing I think is a big selling point for the recipe is how easily it can be made gluten free. Just use GF pretzels and you are good to go. No weird flours or conversions required 🙂

31 Before 32

And here we go again, it’s resolution time people! I am now securely “in” my thirties and I am planning big changes to take control of this new decade. Of course one of the ways I do that is having you guys hold me accountable to my yearly “to do” list, so here you have it, my 31 before 32.

  1. Take 10 classes.
    Intuitive Painting
  2. Make profiteroles.
  3. Try 12 recipes from Sweet & Savage.
    Southern Sartorialist’s Cookies
    Maniac Fire Bread

    Blackberry Cobbler Quickbread
    Orange & Lavender Extract
    Upside-down Skillet Corn Cake

    Hiker’s Bravado Cookies
  4. Do 2 DIY’s a month.
  5. Visit Chicago.
  6. Find my “sexy”.
  7. Write 10 new recipes.
    Chocolate Lavender Cake with Blackberry Filling
    Chocolate Chip Pistachio GF Cookies

    Banana Bread with Brown Butter Glaze
  8. Mini makeover on the guest bathroom.
  9. Repaint the hallway.
  10. Make Swiss Buttercream.
  11. Read 30 new books.
    Missing – Kelley Armstrong
    The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
    The Shark – Mary Burton
    The Doll Maker – Mary Burton

    The Hang Man – Mary Burton
    Come As You Are – Emily Nagoski
    The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
    Double or Nothing – Craig Schaefer
    Lioness of Morocco – Julia Drosten
    Girls in White Dresses – Alex Gates
    The Haunting of Rachel Harroway – J.S. Donovan
    Dreamers Pool – Juliet Maillier
    Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine
    Beneath the Surface – Sibel Hodge
    The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
    Rituals – Kelley Armstrong
    A Beautiful Poison – Lydia Kang
    The Barefoot Summer – Carolyn Brown
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  12. Go somewhere I’ve never been.
  13. 13 random acts of kindness.
  14. Upgrade the light fixtures in the hallway.
  15. Host a girls night.
  16. Watch a well known movie that I’ve never seen.
  17. Clean up and re-do my back patio.
  18. Create 5 new paintings.
  19. Wear 5 fashion trends that scare me.
  20. Plant rose bushes in front of the garage.
  21. Create and maintain a yoga practice 3-5 days a week.
  22. Dye my hair purple.
  23. Take a weekend trip with friends.
  24. Go on a picnic – with a basket & everything.
  25. Wear heels at least 1 day a week.
  26. Go through all of my crafting supplies and get rid of at least 25%.
  27. Make and give a handmade gift.
  28. Make a pie.
  29. Collaborate with other creatives on two new projects.
  30. Try 12 new restaurants.
    Sidecar Gastrobar
    Izzy Pub & Sushi
    Antojitos
    Finnegan’s
    Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
    Wahoo
    Pearls
    Hopleaf
    Baker Miller
    Bistro Champagne
    The Allis
    Shake Shack
  31. TBD

Last years “TBD” ended up being a lot of fun, so I decided to finish off this years list with another one. I was pretty pleased with the progress I made last year, if you’re interested you can see how I did here.

 

Image from here.