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.

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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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