I don't know what it is but I have a thing for squirrels. I always have. When we lived in Cambria my house was named "Squirrel Cottage". You have to be careful with a love like that. It invites trouble. Have you seen those squirrel salt and pepper shakers of the vintage variety? There must be a thousand different versions of those things. And I think I have all of 'em. Birthdays and holidays are potential land mines when it comes to squirrel love. There is squirrel everything. And I have seen it all ! Squirrel tee shirts, aprons, tea towels, pot holders, tablecloths, candles, pajamas, slippers, socks, garden art of all kinds, books with squirrels, pictures of squirrels and even..hey..squirrel cookies. Yep, and I am to blame for that. I was asked to bake some one year for a wildlife Christmas tree and now I knew I had to pay. The recipe below is from a book called " The Blessing Of Toads " by Sharon Lovejoy.
These cookies are for squirrels and birds..but I like 'em too. We don't live in Cambria anymore...but I still have secret squirrel love.
Hang these treats from tree boughs for squirrels to nibble on.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
1 cup butter,softened 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (toasted almonds,peanuts,walnuts or pecans) 1/2 cup cornmeal
Heat oven to 350 degrees F Cream butter, sugar and egg together Stir in flour and nuts and mix well Shape into balls the size of walnuts Place on ungreased cookie sheet Place cornmeal in a small bowl Dip the bottom of a drinking glass into the cornmeal, then flatten the dough balls with bottom of glass With a straw, make a hole near the center of each cookie Bake for 14 to 16 minutes Place cookies on a rack to cool String twine through holes and hang cookies from branches
the night will never stay, the night will still go by, though with a million stars you pin it to the sky; though you bind it with the blowing wind, and buckle it with the moon, the night will slip away like sorrow or a tune.