Christmas Gifts #1

I always feel nostalgic around the holidays (as does everyone).  I really miss being able to discuss recipes with my grandmother.  I think she would be pleased that I inherited the old cookbooks and are giving them a once over.

On a cold winter day earlier this year, we were snowed in so I decided to bake.  I had these old cookbooks strewn across the floor while I was working on another project so I went digging through them for cookie recipes.  In “The Cookie Jar” section of my Grandmother’s 1959 Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook I found a recipe for “Butterscotch Drops.”

A recipe book from my grandmother’s library.

I made a few changes, but here they are:

Butterscotch Drops
Soft and Chewy

1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 c. brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk
3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. fine sea salt

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.  Add vanilla and buttermilk.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, soda and salt.  Carefully add to mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) mixing after each addition.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat (or a greased cookie sheet).  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Makes 6 dozen cookies.

If I had had sanding sugar or raw sugar, I would have  sprinkled them for a more festive holiday cookie.  Alas, I could not find any in the pantry.   (And, did you know that you can by buttermilk in the small half pint containers now?    They are the perfect size—no more wasting a full quart of buttermilk.)

I used a light brown sugar instead of dark (again, because that is all I had on hand).

These are a really chewy cookie and are perfect with a good cup of coffee.   The taste is somewhere between a maple bar and a butterscotch candy.   For a great gift, place a half-dozen cookies in cellophane bag, tie it with a pretty ribbon and pair them with a package of good quality coffee beans (locally roasted, if possible).

I would love to get these for a gift!

(Topeca coffee is locally roasted.)

As the month goes by, I hope to highlight recipes that would make great “Gifts from the Kitchen.”

(I also bought myself a birthday present last month—a portable foodie photo studio.   I have only used it one other time but I think I am liking the results.   I may have to keep it set up for quick snapping.)


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Thanks to Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake for leading me to Cupcake Apothecary’s “Themed Baker’s Sunday.”   Check out some of these great treats.



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