Thursday, 6 November 2008

Cookie Delights

I have been so blessed these last few weeks. There are so many things that have happened and everyone of them has blessed me beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I keep thinking of a bible verse I learnt in Sunday school, (about 1000 years ago) : "Jer 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This is not just material prospering, I have had bonding time with people who I haven't made time for in ages and through them my spirit has been fed and lifted.

Last night I got together with my bible study group and we had a party. We sat around, chatting and laughing, until tears where running down my cheeks! These are the blessing I value most.

I was also treated to a shopping spree with my husband, who bought me an entire new summer wardrobe! I must say, now that I have lost those nasty extra pounds, clothes shopping has neve
r been this fun! My husband has the best taste in clothing, he can pick something off the rack and when I try it on, I look like I belong on the cover of vogue instead of the back of the bus!

I am so blessed to have someone who knows me, better than I know myself! That is what you call a real soul mate, and you only get one in a life time, if you are truly blessed !

So, back to the party. Everyone had to bring a plate of eats. I found this great new recipe for Cheesecake Cookies in a book my sister sent me from Australia. They are very rich and guaranteed to help with weight gain!

Cheesecake Cookies (I changed them slightly to suit the ingredients I had on hand)
Makes about 12 -14 cookies

Base and Topping

70g Soft Butter
1 Cup Flour
Brown Sugar

Mix together all 3 ingredients together with a fork, until it resembles bread crumbs.


250g Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
½ Cup Sugar
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Passion Fruit Juice (No pips)

Alternative to the Passion Fruit
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice and 2 Tablespoons Milk
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract or seeds

Preheat your oven 180°C. Grease a 20cm x 20cm baking tray.
Take one cup of the crumbs and reserve for the topping.

Press the the remaining crumbs into the baking tray and bake for 10-15 mins. Once cooked remove from the oven and cool.

Filling Cream the cheese and and sugar until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth.

Once the base is cooled, pour the filling onto the cooled base and sprinkle remaining topping on top.
Bake for 20 -25 minutes.
Leave to cool and cut into squares.

Eat in moderation - if possible. Best shared with really good friends


jacoba said...

Groan .......... how do you do it????? The look stunning! Oh yes, and thanks for that verse - just what the doctor ordered today!!!

Nina Timm said...

Oh yum these squares look super delicious!!!

Jeanne said...

You go girl for shedding those extra kgs! Mine are still with me - I need some willpower ;-)

And I hear you about feeling blessed. I am so tired of listening to people complain who really have so much to be grateful for! I am thankful for so much - my chubby-but-healthy body, my he-can-be-a-pain-but-he's-MY-pain husband, my secure job, my lovely colleagues, my family... Just everyday things but so important!

These cookies look like a million bucks!

Cynthia said...

Isn't it a nice to know that someone you care a lot about knows you better than yourself and use that knowledge to take are of you? :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love that verse. I read it in Jan Karon's introduction to the Mitford Bedside Companion with tears streaming down my face.

Congrats on the weight loss and the new wardrobe, and, of course, the perfect husband.

Daziano said...

Nice recipe!

Rose&Thorn said...

Jacoba - I am so glad you like the cookie and the verse.

Nina - and super easy.

Jeanne - I am feeling really good on a lighter note.

Cynthia - You got that so right - having the right person and them treating you right too, is the real blessing.

Lynne - Those are only some of the blessings that I have been given!

Daziano - Easy and tasty!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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