Running sense and Lemon Nut Tea Cookies

by Joanne on August 4, 2010

What a fun morning. The alarm went off at the usual time but I chose to take today off from running.  When Ted got up at 5 am, I also got up. We had a fun time working out with weights because Shane was being really playful.  He was racing around the gym like a crazy dog.  I worked shoulders and arms.  Ted worked his legs.  The three of us took off together for a 3.18 mile walk. Great day.

Tomorrow is the long run. It is going to be another hot and humid one but I’ll be ready for it.

Running quote from Runners World:

Running gives me a sense of controlling my life.

I like the finiteness of runs, the fact that I have a clear beginning and end.

I set a goal and I achieve it. A good run makes you feel sort of holy. 

By Nancy Gerstein, Runner

Do you agree with that quote?

I’m never all that hungry when I finish a run.  The first thing I force myself to grab is fruit.  Even though the stomach doesn’t want much food, the brain says “REFRESH” and fruit always comes to mind.  This is the massive fruit platter for a good noshing after a run:


Green grapes and cherries.  My parents bought those the other day.  They are a special treat in our house because Ted and I don’t usually buy them.  Juicy melon, red ripe strawberries, and blue-licious blueberries. 


My favorites were the blueberries and melon.


Followed by a close second were the juicy sweet cherries.

I just couldn’t finish all that fruit.  I had to put some grapes back and save half the blueberries for later.  A classic case of eyes being bigger than the belly.

Lemon Nut Tea Cookies

Just had to make something.  It was a day when if I didn’t keep busy, I’d sink into a pit of negativity.  One way to pick myself up out of a slump is to bake and create.  Such fun!


  • 3/4 cup Healthy heart Promise margarine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 TBS vanilla
  • 2 TBS Lemon curd
  • pinch salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup pre ground organic flax seed
  • 3/4 cup hazel nuts *or your choice of nuts.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Prepare a baking sheet. Grease or spray with non-stick.

Cream the margarine, sugar and honey.  Add the vanilla and the lemon curd.  Add the flour, flax and salt. Stir in the nuts.

Roll about 1 TBS of dough in your hands then flatten between your two palms to make small discs.

Bake on the prepared cookie sheet for 15 – 18 minutes.   *A good dipping cookie!


Next time, I’d use a different nut…maybe pecan?


Your favorite cookies:  soft? chewy? or crisp?


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  • At 2010.08.04 07:39, claudia lamascolo said:

    now your right up my alley of favorites, these would be a huge hit for all of us, what a great cookie recipe here! just have to try these, love the fruit pictures gorgeous color in those cherries yum!

    • At 2010.08.04 10:18, Joanne said:

      Cherries always turn out so pretty in pictures 🙂

      • At 2010.08.04 07:48, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

        I must admit I don’t eat much cookies and I wonder why.. yours look so good 🙂

        • At 2010.08.04 10:18, Joanne said:

          I only eat cookies in extreme melt down craving conditions. Such conditions were in force this past weekend. 😉

          • At 2010.08.06 02:22, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

            Haha 😀

            • At 2010.08.04 09:59, christina said:

              those cookies look and sound awesome. i love that they have flax in them! 🙂

              • At 2010.08.04 10:17, Joanne said:

                Yeah – anyway I can get my parents to put something nutritionally sound in there bods, I’ll sneak it in there.

                • At 2010.08.04 10:06, Nancy Jean said:

                  Ah, sounds like a wonderful way to start a Wednesday! And the cookies look yummy — I like the idea of pecans. Tell me, please, how do you buy lemon curd? Yeah, I’ve never baked a cookies from scratch in my life!

                  Enjoy the rest of the day ~ nj

                  • At 2010.08.04 10:16, Joanne said:

                    You’re too funny. Lemon curd is actually easy to make but to buy it from the

                    store, look in the section with the jellies and jams. Hannafords has it.

                    • At 2010.08.04 12:07, Monet said:

                      I love lemon flavored baked goods…and I adore soft cookies. I don’t mind a crisp shortbread (as long as I have a cup of milk to dip it in!) Thanks for sharing love!

                      • At 2010.08.04 16:16, Efi@greekyogurt said:

                        Your cookies look amazing.

                        My favourite cookies are the soft ones.

                        • At 2010.08.04 18:29, Heather said:

                          Lemon cookies are da bomb!! Especially nice soft ones……..(with a little frosting!) 🙂

                          • At 2010.08.05 06:21, Lindsay said:

                            I’m a chewy cookie kind of girl but lemon happen to be my favorite. I’d pick them any day over chocolate!

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