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
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

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!

Brown Sugar Frosting

Brown Sugar Frosting | Zim on a Whim

I have a new favorite frosting recipe for my cakes and cupcakes! It took me three tries, but I think I got it just right. It’s sweet and light and has a little something extra that comes from using brown sugar. I didn’t like the other recipes out there for one reason or another so I whipped up my own.

Brown Sugar Frosting | Zim on a Whim

It’s easy to spread on a cake, and also lends itself to decorative piping.

Brown Sugar Frosting Rosettes

It comes together in minutes…No  cooking required!
Give it a try the next time you bake up some cupcakes!

Brown Sugar Frosting | Zim on a Whim

Brown Sugar Frosting
by Zim on a Whim

1 stick (1/2 cup) UNSALTED butter, softened
1 stick (1/2 cup) SALTED butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk (not skim milk)
3 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

1. Using an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add in vanilla and milk. Starting off slowly so it doesn’t go all over the place, combine the liquids with the creamed mixture. (It will look as though it’s not coming together – just combine until you no longer see the milk.)
3. Gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar and mix until smooth and creamy.

That’s it!

Note: If you are frosting a larger 2 layer cake, especially with decorative piping work, you may need to double the recipe.

I may try it with dark brown sugar soon to taste the difference!
Have a sweet week!