Sunday, June 16, 2013

Butterscotch Drop Cookies | Secret Recipe Club


It is Secret Recipe Club time again!  A time where we are assigned a blog and get to peruse it all month long to determine which recipe we will select, make and write about.  The catch is that the other person doesn't know who has them OR what recipe they will select.  It always amazes me how far folks will go back into the archives to find that perfect recipe.  If you want to join in the fun or learn more, simply click here.

This month I was assigned to Eliot’s Eats.  When Debra started her blog, she actually wanted to remain anonymous but I believe over time, she has opened up.  The name of her blog is derived from T.S. Eliot is her favorite poet and soon she and her hubby named the stray cat that adopted them, Eliot.  They claim to not be cat people but it is evident that soon changed. Debra works as an administrator at a public school and I can certainly imagine that cooking and blogging helps her wash away the days stress.  She loves to travel, cook and eat - some of my favorite things to do as well.

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After browsing through her expansive recipe collection, I finally decided on her Butterscotch Drop Cookies.  I was craving something sweet and butterscotch or caramel always resonates with me.  Debra found this recipe while sifting through a 1959 cookbook called – Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook that was her Grandmothers. She altered the recipe a bit, but I decided to make it exactly as Debra did.  The result was pure heaven. 

I sent half the batch to work with my hubby and I took the other half to work. Let’s just say that neither batch lasted beyond noon at our respective offices.  These cookies were light and airy along with a distinct butterscotch flavor that came across from the brown sugar.  They are a simple cookie, but the simplest things in life are often the best. 




Butterscotch Drop Cookies

½ Cup Shortening
½ Cup Butter, softened
2 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Buttermilk
3 ½ Cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Raw Sugar

In a stand mixer, cream together the shortening and butter until fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.  Next add the brown sugar and beat.  Add the vanilla, salt and buttermilk.  Mix well.  Next add the baking soda and mix well.  Slowly add the flour about ½ cup at a time and mix well until all flour is added.

Use a small ice cream scoop to form the balls.  Sprinkle with raw sugar. Place onto a baking sheet and they should be about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes.  Remove and let cool on a wire rack.


23 comments:

  1. I love drop cookies, these look impossible to resist!

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  2. Yum, these look so tasty! I'm not sure I've ever had a cookie that was itself butterscotch flavored (i.e. not just the filling). Sounds delicious!

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  3. Woww.. looks super perfect and tempting.. lovely presentation too !!

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  4. These sound wonderful! Love butterscotch! You're pictures are beautiful. :-)

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  5. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies. Beautiful pictures. Love the colors and the props. Thanks for picking this recipe from EE for SRC and glad you liked them!

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  6. I'll take caramel or butterscotch any day over chocolate... And, I love Debra's blog. These look heavenly.

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  7. These cookies look and sound delicious! Definitely need to try these, thanks for hosting the link party as well!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  8. These look so good! Simple cookies are sometimes the best kind! I love the idea of the secret recipe club - so fun!

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  9. Looks like we've both had butterscotch cravings lately! These cookies are wonderful, I just love how straightforward the recipe is, nothing like tried and true old recipes! The kids are going to love this :)

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  10. These have old fashioned appeal. Call me old fashioned because they appeal to me. GREG

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  11. Butterscotch anything calls my name! These sound wonderful Lisa!

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  12. Love this recipe from the recipe files of Debra's grandmother! I think you've chosen really well Lisa...I will try this for my littles ;-) Have fun this week ;-)

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  13. I love butterscotch desserts, and I love trying out old recipes. Will definitely make these sometime!

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  14. I love butterscotch and like Greg said, these have old-fashioned appeal. Love them!

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  15. Butterscotch? Yes, please! They look wonderful!

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  16. I love butterscotch but rarely make it (now why is that?) These cookies look amazing!

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  17. These cookies look delicious and humble! Great new-to-me blog find too! :D

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  18. Simple is often the best. I agree with Greg, they ring of cookies from Great Grandma's kitchen. I'm not surprised they didn't last long.

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  19. how cute are your cookies!! I'm totally pinning these for this year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.

    Happy SRC Reveal, fellow SRCer!

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  20. Hmmm these cookies look really delicious, Lisa! It's a perfect snack with a cup of tea. I love the raw sugar on top - just a perfect sweetness and texture on the simple delicious cookies. :)

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  21. Oh my, these look yummy! Can you substitute vegetable oil for the shortening?

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    1. Thank you! I probably wouldn't recommend, since the consistency is night and day from shortening. I know it is not the most healthy, but a once in a blue moon dessert,might not be too bad. (Hubby and I brought to our respective offices to avoid eating too many and love to share with others)

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  22. I love butterscotch, so I know these would be a fav!

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