Monday, March 18, 2013

Brown Sugar Cookies | Secret Recipe Club



I love brown sugar.  When used to make cookies, it elevates the flavor to the next level. This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Carrie’s SweetLife.  Carrie’s philosophy for her blog is to create and share simple comforting food that puts a smile on anyone’s face that has the pleasure of eating it.  I can relate to her thought process.

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Carrie lives in the Twin Cities with her hubby Adam and her two daughters Maddy and Hanna.  Peanut the chi-rat terrier is the family dog.  From her blog, you certainly gain the sense that they practice traditional family values and enjoying spending time with their family.  While browsing her blog, my mouth began to water with the vast array of tasty treats she shares.  Her selection of cookie recipes intrigued me.  One in particular; her Brown SugarCookie - as I stated earlier, I love brown sugar.


The recipe could not be more straightforward with simple ingredients.  I always like to add my own touches to recipes.  I pondered on what I could do to kick it up a notch and make it my own.  Should I add chocolate chips?  Dip in chocolate?  Then it came to me – add toffee bits.  It would compliment this delightful cookie along with enhancing the flavor.  The result was pure heaven – I mean pure heaven. These are among some of the BEST cookies I have made in a long time.  I finally had to put them into sealed containers, so I would not eat anymore.  I also jumped on the treadmill for 30 minutes to attempt to burn off the 3 or 4 cookies I ate prior to taking my photos.

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Brown Sugar Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies

½ Cup Shortening
½ Cup Butter
1 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Toffee Bits

Heat oven to 350 Degrees.

Using a stand mixer, beat together the shortening, butter and brown sugar until creamy.  Add the egg and mix well.  Next add the baking soda, vanilla and salt and mix.  Slowly incorporate the flour until combined.  Finally add the toffee bits and mix. 

Use a small, one inch ice cream scoop to form the cookie dough.  Place 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove to cool on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container.





32 comments:

  1. these look amazing. I love brown sugar cookies.

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  2. Mmmm...these look like such wonderful cookies!!! A good dose of brown sugar works magic in a cookie dough :)

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  3. These look so fantastic. I wish I could have a pile delivered to my office door this instant!

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  4. So simple yet so divine! I am a brown sugar lovah too...can't wait to try these!

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  5. looks so delicious and crisp.. thanks for the wonderful recipe.. Yummy!

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  6. I love brown sugar! What a great idea to use toffee bits too. So funny that you jumped on the treadmill to work off the cookies, I had to do that this weekend too...

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  7. I would have to hide these away quickly or they'd disappear in no time! Brown sugar and toffee sounds fabulous.

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  8. Your toffee bit addition sounds wonderful! I love love your photos and your styling with these, too.

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  9. Brown sugar makes everything better (toffee too - good call!). These cookies look fantastic!

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  10. With brown sugar and toffee, these cookies look like a dream! :)

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  11. You always put such a winning spin on the recipes. I am trying these cookies out for sure. Need some good ones in my repertoire. If you say they're good they must be! :)

    Hope you're having a great start to the week, Lisa! :)

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  12. These cookies look great- love toffee bits so it sounds amazing

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  13. Lisa: I love the photos...as well as the combination of brown sugar and toffee in these cookies.

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  14. Lisa, you've totally sold me on these cookies! The addition of toffee bits is genius. Looking forward to trying these.

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  15. So I haven't gotten to very many SRC posts yet but this is my favorite by far and I predict it will still be my #1 when I'm done. They look and sound SO delish. Adding toffee what a stroke of genius-bravo!

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  16. your photographs are amazing! makes me want to grab one right now :)

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  17. Your cookies look amazing. What a great basic recipe with lots of modification possibilities!

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  18. Yum! After The Golden Rule, I think the next most important life-rule is "toffee bits make everything better". It looks like you went to the same school I did Lisa, what a delightful cookie, looks and sounds just fabulous!

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  19. I love Cookies! Awesome recipe that I know my family will love. So glad you shared

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  20. I'm crazy about brown sugar, and these look PERFECT! I'd substitute coconut oil for the shortening (personal preference), but I think I might have to make these, like, ASAP. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I have not cooked with coconut oil yet but it intriques me. I will have to try your suggestion!

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  21. brown sugar and toffee seem like a natural marriage. I imagine these are very good, the kind of cookie I tend to gravitate towards (can you believe that I typically don't go for chocolate?).

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  22. I love love LOVE brown sugar cookies! SO fantastic!

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  23. You had me at brown sugar. Then I saw toffee bits. And that was it! Need to make these! Love them, Lisa!

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  24. I love brown sugar too!!! These cookies sound amazing in every way ;-)
    They look so perfect Lisa! Hope you're having a great week ;-)

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  25. Omg loveeee brown sugar, thanks for this. Darling blog.

    Follow back if you can :)

    http://chowdownbythebay.blogspot.com/

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  26. That top photos is straight out of a book! Love these simple and wonderful cookies, Lisa.

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  27. Oh my goodness!! BROWN SUGAR COOKIES?! WOW! I'm a brown sugar fan, as well. I love that stuff!

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  28. I've never had brown sugar cookies. Why?! These look perfect! Brown sugar and chewiness. Sounds perfect to me. :)

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