Mom's January 4th birthday proved tricky to get a package out in time for since there was no mail here January 2nd for the New Year's postal holiday and I didn't want to mail it the Saturday before and have it--with cookies inside--sit in a post office or postal truck over the three-day weekend. With a few little wrapped gifts nestling them inside the box, gluten-free nut roll cookies ended up being Mom's birthday treat this year. I used a bag of Bob's Red Mill-brand gluten-free pie crust mix and was completely charmed by the packaging. This would make a darling print. And it's pink! ♥
My original plan had been to make rugelach, but the dough was too sticky to roll properly and I hadn't remembered to leave myself enough of the flour for that purpose, so after a messy attempt at the rugelach, I ended up making a dozen nut roll cookies for Mom instead. Had I put a bit more thought into my Plan B, I'd have made a tidier thumbprint cookie with the nut filling so they would have looked prettier. Next time. These turned out, though, with the nut-mixture mixed right into and around the dough, and they tasted good.
The nut-mixture was about 7 oz. of walnut-meal, maybe 3/4 cup whole milk, a cup or so of sugar, an egg, and most of a stick of butter--cooked until boiling, then just kind of rolled into the pie crust-cookie dough. Next time I make these, I'll add some of the walnut-meal to the flour so there will be more nut-flavor throughout.
I baked them early in the morning on January 3rd--the day before Mom's birthday, so. . .cutting it close--practically ran to the post office with the package as soon as I'd finished wrapping it all, and was told that it likely wouldn't reach her until the day after her birthday. Bah! to postal holidays! And no, it did not arrive in my parents' morning mail delivery on Mom's birthday, which made me sad. (She did not care--"Getting mail tomorrow will just extend my birthday, Vally!"--but I very much did.) We talked just a few minutes that afternoon since she and Dad were on their way out dinner and a movie. She called me before I left for work the next night to let me know that just as they'd been leaving for dinner, a postal van had pulled up to drop off her package--an unprecedented second mail delivery in a single day for them--so she had received it on her birthday, after all. ♥ And yes, she loved the cookies. :)
As the temperature outside has bounced from a painful 8° one day to now-raining-and-near-40° a few days later, I have mostly been a homebody, contentedly sorting books and puttering around the apartment, save for walks to and from work, the thrift shop, and the post office. 'A peaceful and most satisfying first ten days of the year.