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Endeavor One: Brown Sugar Cookie-Scones

15 May
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A college baking miracle

The Birth of a Summer Project: As all my friends go off to work summer jobs, vacations and internships, I find myself sitting alone in a friend’s apartment in Columbia, Missouri. Armed with a college student’s budget and a first apartment’s very limited cooking supplies, I search online for a basic recipe and come upon this: a recipe for brown sugar cookies with browned butter frosting.

Baking Disasters: I have a tendency to perfectly mess up recipes, usually because I love to make my own little tweaks to them. This one was no exception. I made two little changes that seemed to significantly alter the cookies–for the better. I replaced sour cream with Greek yogurt and regular milk with Almond Silk Milk. The yogurt replacement managed to give the cookies a scone-like consistency and made them rise nicely. The Silk milk replacement gave the frosting a very slick texture, making it an unpalatable topping but a perfect filling. I compensated for this lack of topping by making a glaze to pour over the top of the cookie-scones after I had spread the filling inside them.

College Baking: In a kitchen the size of a powder room and with an oven far older than I am, I managed to somehow pull off these cookie-scones. I was also sans a real baking pan, forcing me to use a pizza pie pan that looked like it had been through a couple of wars. Of course, I can’t even begin to convey the agony of using a magic wand thingymabober in place of a real hand mixer. I felt like I was mashing potatoes instead of beating a batter. While my best friend whose apartment I was staying at was off getting plastered on margaritas by a pool, I was spending thirty minutes beating a batter that a person with normal baking equipment could have knocked out in two minutes. Ah, college. The good life.

The Recipe: 

Ingredients:

2/3 c. butter, softened

1-1/2 c. brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla extract

2-1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1 c. Greek yogurt

Directions:

Blend together butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time; blend well.  Add vanilla; beat until light.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with yogurt; mix well.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto non-stick or lightly greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  Remove from pan and slice in half. Spread browned butter mixture on bottom half. Replace top. Pour sugar glaze on top. Makes 2 dozen.

Browned Butter Filling

1/4 c. butter

1-1/2 c. powdered sugar

2 T. Almond Silk Milk

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it turns golden.  Watch carefully as this will happen quickly. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to make a spreading consistency.

Sugar Glaze

1 c. powdered sugar

2-5 t. almond Silk milk

Start with about a cup of powdered sugar. Add a teaspoon of the silk milk. Stir. Continue adding teaspoons of the milk until the glaze is a pourable consistency.

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