Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Buttery brown sugar slices

We're stuck in the house, obviously, and I don't have much to do besides hang out with the kids (which is fun all on its own), clean (ugh) and cook.
So I've been scouring my cookbooks and bookmarks, looking for different-than-usual recipes that might be fun.
Of course, none of them are good for you. That wouldn't be very much fun at all. Besides, we've been doing a lot of shoveling and sledding.

This is from a cookbook I found on my shelf called "500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares." They're really good and -- a bonus -- you can just take out as many as you want at a time and bake them. They're better right out of the oven.

3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 c. finely chopped walnuts, optional

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Add flour misture and mix well. Fold in nuts if using.
On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half. Shape into two rolls about 2 to 3 inches wide. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to bake, remove the wrap and cut dough into slices 1/4 inch thick. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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