Mmmm, brown sugar

Brown Sugar DropsLast night I baked again. This cookie recipe, Brown Sugar Drops, from The Joy of Cookies originated in the US. A recipe collected, favored and passed on by the great-grandmother of the author, Sharon Tyler Herbst, it calls for 1 cup of shortening, no butter, as it was recorded during a time of scarce refrigeration. What it lacks in fat flavor, however, it makes up for in the sugar department: 2 cups of brown sugar.

Baking these cookies also used up a bit of the leftover buttermilk from another recent baking adventure: buttermilk pie. And they are very good, so I’ll have to remember it next time I have leftover buttermilk!

There is a spicy variation on the recipe that calls for cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Being a fan of (figuratively) killing two birds with one stone, I added spices to half the batch. We liked both versions, but preferred the plain. There’s something about brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and pecans. Mmmm.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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3 Responses to Mmmm, brown sugar

  1. Oh send the spiced ones my way! I love spiced cookies, and spice cake, (and spicy food), and…. My DD has a her own masala garam–3 parts cinnamon, 1 part clove, ginger, 1 part nutmeg, 1/2 part salt… she adds it to sweet and savory dishes alike. ( i leave the salt out)

    conjure up Robyn and me, with some tea or coffee, and sweet spice cookies as a birthday treat.. (you can eat the plain ones–more of the spicy ones for me!)

  2. DawnK says:

    Those cookies sound yummy!

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