Butter / Egg Usage – December 2016

December started out for me on the 16th. This does not a good month of cooking/baking make. I mean it is December after all, but sometimes after Thanksgiving, you just do the best that you can do. Sad, but true. That and my dishwasher died – serious impediment to doing anything in the kitchen. It is surprising how much so.


Southern Toffee

16 December 2016 – 12 Tbs / 2 eggs – Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

18 December 2016 – 24 Tbs – Southern Toffee 

22 December 2016 – 2 eggs – M&M Cookies

26 December 2016 – 8 Tbs unsalted butter- Chex Mix

26 December 2016 – 16 Tbs / 2 eggs – Sugar Cookies

26 December 2016 – 4 Tbs – Real Macaroni and Cheese

27 December 2016 – 2 Tbs – Sautéed Apples

30 December 2016 – 12 Tbs – Pecan Chocolate Toffee Shortbread Cook’s Country

30 December 2016 – 5 1/3 Tbs – Sausage Cheddar Scallion Biscuit Bread
Eggs = 6

Butter = 83.3 Tbs = 10.4125 sticks – 41.65 ozs – 2.603 pounds.

Eggs = 2 +2 +2 +6 – math is involved. = 12 large eggs.



M & M Cookies


M & M Cookies

These are strangely Christmas cookies for me. We probably had them other times, but in my head, they will always be Christmas cookies. I do remember when there were tan M & M’s. Damn blue things – ugh. Yes, I’m showing my age once again. Sigh.

Nevertheless, M & M cookies are only slightly amazing. The dough is not too sweet, but has a good bit of brown sugar that makes them slightly chewy and lovely. They do remind me of my mom. And the Boy loves them any time. So I made them for his trip to Bonnaroo music festival. I really don’t want him to go so far, but … yep being the “mom” again. Although, I have to admit I’m jealous of all the bands he’s going to see. Dang it.

I like these cookies because there is no thawing butter. You just use vegetable shortening – Crisco for lack of a better word. It’s kind of funny that I never had my Mom’s recipe and it took a good bit of work to find the one that was pretty much perfect – even on the interweb. I’m guessing when I go see my dad that I’m going to have to sort about and look for recipes. I think the one thing I want – recipe wise – is the yellow cake with the fudge frosting. If I could do that just once, I would be happy. It was the cake that we all enjoyed. Dale liked it for his birthday. But for mine – it was always Pecan Pie.

Okay – best M & M cookies ever

1 cup Crisco

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp table salt

1 1/2 cups M & M’s, plain

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together Crisco and both sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix to combine. Add vanilla. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 2 batches, scraping down the mixing bowl as needed. Add M & M’s and stir to combine. Spoon onto parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 10 minutes or until golden.