Tuesday, January 17

Brown Sugar Cookies

We have all had sugar cookies, in fact it is probably one of the most often eaten cookies. They come in various forms, frosted, un-frosted, on lollipop sticks, at bake sales, and holiday trays. But have you ever considered making brown sugar cookies? These tasty counter parts to the traditional sugar cookie have a great balance of flavor, texture, and color.

They bake up just as easy as sugar cookies, store just as well, and  I highly advise you try them, you may never go back to traditional sugar cookies again.

This will make approx 4 dozen cookies
Full time: 30 minutes
You will need:

2 cup flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar (for garnish on top of cookies *optional)
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Let us begin:

Preheat oven to 350

Line cookie sheet with parchment or bakers cooking spray

In a large sauce pan combine butter and brown sugar over a low heat. Bring the mixture to a low boil

Once boiling, remove from heat and stir in eggs, and vanilla, work carefully as to not cook the eggs but incorporate them

Set a shallow sauce pan or deep saute pan, fill half way with water on the heat. And leave it there

Mix in all remaining ingredients (except garnish).

Once thoroughly mixed, set sauce pan into the pan of hot water and turn off water heat. This will keep dough from becoming to stiff to work with

Drop rounded balls of dough roughly 1 tbsp onto cookie sheets

Once your sheet is filled, sprinkle the top of the cookies with the white sugar, it will appear as if it dissolves, that is okay

Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or edges are golden and center feels set, I like to rotate mine half way through the baking process to ensure even baking

Remove from oven and allow to cool on trays for a few moments, move to cookie rack to completely cool. If your cooking on parchment you can cool completely on the tray