Every one with even a half-way decent childhood would argue that their mom is the best mom ever. And while I can respect your feelings, I have to argue that MY mom was AND is the best.
Mom raised five kids and never backed down from any parenting challenge although we often wished that she had! One of the challenges we're glad she embraced was making five school lunches every day. She was the Queen of Lunches. We even had those thermal containers that she would put hot homemade soup in sometimes. There was always fruit and a sweet treat, too.
And her sandwiches! You would believe her mission in life was to create the most exquisite sandwiches for us!! She often made homemade bread … honey whole wheat … and that was our sandwich bread. (By the way, this was before the days of automatic bread makers … she made enough bread for a family of seven BY HAND. She claims to have loved the whole process.) Then there were piles of turkey or ham or roast beef (and sometimes leftover meatloaf!), maybe some cheese, topped with tomato slices and lettuce and sometimes pickles. So filling and so nutritious. And good for making friends jealous. ;) I'm sure my brothers traded theirs for PB&J on white bread once in a while, though!
Sometimes, Mom would get adventurous with the sandwich. Still the same honey whole wheat loveliness, but spread with cream cheese and topped with chopped walnuts. I know! Who'd've thunk?! It was one of my favorite sandwiches ever and truth be told, it was probably her cop-out sandwich … you know the one you make when you've run out of sandwich makings and refuse to make a late-night run to the market?!
When I came across a recipe for Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies, I knew I had to try them. If for no other reasons than sentimental ones … in memory of the sandwich.
Of course, you should use real cream cheese. You can really taste the tang of it in the dough, too. So good.
There's four cups of flour in this dough … makes it kind of like a shortbread consistency.
There are toasted walnuts in the dough … coarsely chopped ones and the flavor really comes through.
The dough comes together very nicely and is then formed into a couple of logs and refrigerated. Or frozen, if you want to save some for later.
After you take them from the fridge, you unwrap them and roll them in finely ground walnuts …
Then slice them into ¼-inch slices …
… and bake them for about 18 minutes.
SO yummy with a cup of tea or coffee! Or a tall glass of milk? I think that could work, too.
[I'm not including a download because I linked to a printable copy. However, if the link ever doesn't work, please let me know.]