January 17, 2011

happy birthday mr. king!

Martin Luther, I mean. We were supposed to get a break off of school today, but, unfortunately, we got our days off in the middle of the week prior. I really felt like using a mental health day, but I have to save up my absences for the semester ahead.

When I got home yesterday, there was NOTHING to eat in the house, but my dad wanted cookies ... and well ... I got creative. We didn't have half of the ingredients, but I made up some dry milk and homemade brown sugar and voila! Cookie mania!

The end result --

Hands down, best cookies I have ever made! I just wish that my brothers and sisters savored things so I could have pigged out on these babies after school today. Home making skills developing? I'd have to say yes!

Recipe Shamelessly Stolen from AllRecipes


  • 3/4 stick CRISCO® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening Sticks*
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (6 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.
  5. TIP* If nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.


  • *3/4 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening can be substituted for 3/4 stick Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening Sticks
  • Bar Cookies
  • HEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Follow recipe above to prepare dough. Spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with no-stick cooking spray. Spread dough evenly in pan.
  • BAKE 19 to 21 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and center feels slightly firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  • Large Rounds
  • HEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Follow recipe above to prepare dough. Spray small area in center of baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray. Cover with 12-inch square of foil.
  • PLACE one-fourth of dough in center of foil. Form into a small circle with spatula or rubber scraper. Spray 12-inch square of wax paper with no-stick cooking spray. Place sprayed side down on top of dough. Flatten with round cake pan or pie pan to form a 7-inch circle. Remove wax paper.
  • BAKE 9 to 10 minutes or until light golden color. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


  1. Hi Laney!!! How the heck did you make your own brown sugar, dearest???? Just wondering. Love your blog, but love you more. :) Aunt L

  2. Hey lovely Aunt Laurenda! :) Brown sugar is actually really easy to make if you have molasses. You put in 2 tablespoons of molasses into every 1 cup of sugar and it makes about a cup of brown sugar. I've made it twice and I think I actually like it better than homemade brown sugar. I love you so much!



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