Monday, December 31, 2007

Monkey Bread and Brown Sugar Cookies

For Elaine.

Monkey Bread

3 cans buttermilk biscuits
and roll in
1 c white sugar
2 t cinnamon
(ginger, allspice, or cloves)
Layer in a Bundt pan with
(walnuts and raisins)

In a small saucepan, melt
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
2 T water (or orange juice)
Boil 2 minutes to make a caramel sauce, and pour over biscuits. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes.

Brown Sugar Cookies

Heat in a skillet
10 T butter
swirling constantly until dark golden brown and nutty-smelling, about 3-4 minutes. Pour into a heatproof bowl with
4 T butter
and set aside for 15 minutes to cool.

Combine and set aside
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar

Add to browned butter, stirring so there are no sugar lumps
1 3/4 c brown sugar
Mix together and add gradually to butter and sugar
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 T vanilla extract
Allow dough to cool 15-30 minutes or more in the refrigerator. Roll into 1" balls and roll in sugar mixture. Place cookies 2" apart on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cookies will look raw in the cracks; be careful not to overbake. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.