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.


Deidre said...

AND! When making brown sugar cookies, only use the best vanilla and brown sugar. I made this recipe a million times in Rochester using this ultra-fancy organic fair-trade brown sugar that looks like soil, and they never dissapoint. Sometimes I've made them with the old brown sugar in the back of the cabinet, and the results are less impressive. If you find the batter to be dry, just add more butter. Mmm.

Elaine said...

Thank you, Erin... and thank you for the Monkey Bread before you and Tyson left! We nibbled the rest of the day causing your absence to be bittersweet.

CresceNet said...

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Erin said...

Ok, you guys, that Portugese spammer is why you all used to have to do that weird text box thing. What a pain.

Elaine said...

I really didn't mind your spam prevention step, once B explained it to me, though I did enjoy whining.