When I think of Brown Sugar Cookies, I think of thunder storms.
I grew up on the edge of tornado alley. So, when we had inclement weather the power would most likely go out and, when I was a kid, it would usually stay out for a while. I don’t ever remember being scared of thunder storms. Even BIG thunder storms. They could boom and roar outside. The house would shake and shudder. Our eyes would get big, but then we would smile. My brother and I were hoping the electricity would go out, because if it did… COOKIES!!
Mom would grab candles, Jason and I would grab flashlights, and we would all head to the kitchen. We would light up the gas oven and gather all the ingredients. Within thirty minutes we would have a warm, candle-lit kitchen that smelled wonderful. Not long after, we were tasting and nibbling as many as we could before Mom would say, “That’s enough.”
Later the power would come back on and we would go about our regular business… usually bedtime at that point. But I always loved knowing – even when things were dark and scary there was still good in the world.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
I love this verse. The Psalmist tells us when we are in God’s presence we will have fullness of joy. It’s like eating Brown Sugar Cookies in a warm, wonderfully smelling kitchen. It’s comfortable and calm and makes you happy. No matter what is going on in the world around us, we are safe and happy in the presence of God.
Brown Sugar Cookies (A.K.A. Power Outage Cookies)
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Cream together the sugars and butter. Blend in the egg and vanilla. Add everything else and mix well. Shape the dough into balls about the size of quarters and roll them in granulated sugar. Place the sugared balls on a cookie sheet and press them flat (about ¼ inch thick) with the bottom of a cup. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.