Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies :: Zim on a Whim

If you are looking for an easy cookie recipe and something a little different than the usual, try this one! The cookies stay nice and soft and have a light texture…they just melt in your mouth!

I made these cookies to take to a friend’s son’s Communion party and they were so good that I had to make more for us! The first time I tried them I used light brown sugar. When I made them the second time, I used dark brown sugar. I liked them a little better that way. It was a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless. Use whichever you have on hand, but if you are buying some for this recipe, I recommend using the dark brown sugar.

FYI: The dough is very light and fluffy. At first I thought I forgot to add something! I guess it’s due to the combination of butter and shortening. Using a cookie scoop will help to make the cookies uniform in size and shape, but if you don’t have one don’t worry about it.

Brown Sugar Cookies :: Zim on a Whim

Brown Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1  and 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar (I recommend dark brown)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Beat shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium to large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.
3. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on low speed until well blended.
5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. (A cookie scoop comes in handy here.) Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. (I use parchment paper to line my baking sheets.)
6. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes a little over 4 dozen.
{Recipe courtesy of Crisco}

Hope you give them a try! Like I said, they come together easily and everyone will love them!
Micha

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President’s Day Cookies

presidents day cookies

Maybe you have seen these already, but I just saw them last night and I had to share them with you! How cute are they? If you have kids that will be home tomorrow for President’s Day, this would be an easy, fun, and yummy project for them to do. Teachers, if you are feeling overly ambitious, I think your students would love these!

For Abe Lincoln, you need Nilla wafers, mini chocolate chips, a chocolate bar, and a black edible marker.
For George Washington, you need Nilla wafers, JetPuffed Mallow Bits in vanilla, and a black edible marker.
To adhere the sweets, simply use frosting.

Check out www.partypinching.com for lots of other adorable ideas for the rest of the year!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Since today is National Chocolate Chip Day, I thought it would be a good time to post the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip bars that I made recently! These cookie bars are chewy and full of texture…and the rolled oats add iron, thiamine, and fiber (which we know reduces cholesterol!). I set out out make them for the kidlets as a special breakfast treat, knowing they are getting bored with the same old, before-school breakfast of cereal. They loved them! I used less chocolate chips (1 cup) because they were going to be for breakfast, but if you want to make them more chocolatey, use up to 2 cups of chocolate chips.

(Chewy) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup gran. white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
6 to 12 oz. -or- 1 – 2 cups chocolate chips*

*I used 1 cup of dark chocolate chips, but like I said these were a breakfast treat. If you are making them as a sweet snack or dessert, you might want to use more chips. Next time I think I’d use semi-sweet chips, but I had the dark chocolate chips on hand so that’s what I used. Go with your taste and preference!

Directions:
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)
1. Cream softened butter, both sugars, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer.
2. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. Stir in oats.
4. Add chocolate chips and combine well. You may need to use your hands for this!
5. Press dough into a greased 9×13 pan. (I lined mine with parchment paper so I could just lift the whole thing out of the pan to cut it up after it cooled, rather than grease my pan.)
6. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until lightly golden and set in the middle.
7. Cool 20 min. in pan. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Tammy’s Recipes.