Beulah Gibson’s Brown Sugar Drop Cookies

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My grandmother was known for her baking. When she passed away in 1984, many of her descendants wished they had copies of their favorite recipes. The good news is last week some of them, that had been hidden away for decades, came to light. The bad news is that they are badly faded and discolored, so will require some restoration.

Let’s start with her brown sugar drop cookies.

This is a digitally-enhanced scan. You can see the original at the bottom of the post.

My notes are in brackets.

Brown Sugar Drop Cookies

2 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. Crisco {shortening}

2 eggs

3 C. flour

1 tsp. soda in milk {add the baking soda to the sour milk below}

2 tsp b.p. {baking powder}

salt

2 tsp vanilla

1 C. sour milk

good with choc chips or raisins

Instructions

Unfortunately, there are no instructions. I tested the recipe, and here are my suggestions:

Preheat oven to 350° F

Cream the sugar and shortening together. Add the eggs and mix well.

Combine the flour and baking powder. Add the baking soda to the sour milk and quickly mix with rest of ingredients.

Drop from tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes (+ or -, depending on how big you make them).

 

Brown Sugar Drop Cookies (Slightly revised by me in 2018)

  • 2 C. brown sugar
  • 1/2 C. butter, margarine, or Earth Balance
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C. sour milk – I used 1 cup soy milk with 2 tsp vinegar added

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Melt the butter or Earth Balance for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the brown sugar and beat well. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each.
  3. Combine the flour, dash salt, and baking powder.
  4. Sour fresh milk or soy milk by adding 2 tsp of vinegar. Add the baking soda to the sour milk and quickly mix with rest of ingredients. Stir in the vanilla at the end.
  5. Drop from tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes (+ or -, depending on how big you make them).

The resulting cookies are soft and airy. Yum!

 

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If you remember a specific food Beulah made that you’d like the recipe for, leave a comment and I’ll see if I have it in the ones I found.

The original of the recipe above is on gray-blue paper (see below). Do you remember it?

 

2 comments

  1. Katen says:

    Wow! Glad you found them. I have Grammy Karen’s copy of her Molasses cookies and Sugar cookies, along with Chopped Apple Cake. Her molasses cookies were one of dad’s favorites.

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