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For Charlane

Written by Patti on June 14th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

My life is pretty breezy most of the time. I try not to let too many things bother me and when they do, I try to figure out how to best handle it.

When I heard that my precious friend Melanie had lost someone very close to her, it made my heart ache. How do you fix that?

Mellie’s friend Charlane was a marvelous blogger. And although I had never met her, I was moved by her posts. They were all so whimsical and charming. I bet you would love her, too. Take a look at one of her last posts here.

So how do you mend a broken heart?

As we all know, you cannot. Time is the only healer here. But I wanted to do something to honor Melanie’s friend. I loved Charlane’s post here and thought one way to bring about some happy memories was to bake a batch of cinnamon cookies (Charlane and I had a lot in common – cinnamon being among them).

These cookies will not bring Charlane back, but I know she is up there smiling on Melanie.

Cinnamon Cookies

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon hazelnut extract (vanilla, if you don’t have hazelnut)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
cinnamon sugar

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

1 In a mixer bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg and vanilla.
2 Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
3 Add to butter mixture.
4 Blend well.
5 Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or till firm enough to roll into balls.
6 Shape dough into small balls about 3/4-inch in diameter.
7 Roll in cinnamon sugar to coat.
8 Set cookies 1-inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
9 Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or till the edges are lightly browned.
10 Cool slightly on pans, then remove to racks to cool completely.

They should look like this when you are done. (Photo courtesy of The Yum Blog).

Luscious, soft cinnamon cookies.

Love you, Melanie!

And of course, you know I love all of you, too.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Neil Young – Cinnamon Girl


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    Thank you, so much Patti. Your generosity is overwhelming. Those cookies were DELICIOUS, too! I loved the hazelnut and salted butter additions!


  2. Patti says:

    Friends like you don’t come along everyday. xoxo, P