Dark Brown Sugar Cookies

Dark Brown Sugar Cookies // Queen Smithereen.
There are things we spend our whole lives doing without thinking about it very much, and it’s often in part because we’ve been socialized to do them. They aren’t all bad, of course: brushing teeth, getting groceries, going to school. I spent my entire undergraduate experience hoping to answer my own internal inquiries about how we as individuals interact with the social world. My interest in Social Psychology stemmed from my own existence as a (formerly) painfully shy introvert in a world full of other humans. Learning that introversion simply meant that I recharge individually was a life-altering moment for a gal like me; yet when you have hermit-like, homebody tendencies and a timid temperament, you start to wonder why you have to interact with the rest of the world at all.

I remember preparing for my college graduation and wondering if I was ever going to figure it out. While I am not necessarily the kind of academic who embraces all evolutionary perspectives (because gender is a social construct and I refuse to accept certain perspectives on my status as a cisgendered, ultra-femme lady with regard to other people behaving inappropriately due to outdated, unfortunate, socially accepted “norms”), I did start to think that maybe we inherently remain social beings-even despite our best efforts-because it increases our chances of survival. And maybe we start to like certain humans who we can identify with because it’s good for us. There’s a reason why, at some point or other in our lives, we live with other people in our homes. I have even heard tell that we release endorphins when cuddling (note: I am not excluding pets here as important social creatures for us). Even our meals are often, at their core, a social gathering. We are reliant.
Dark Brown Sugar Cookies // Queen Smithereen.
And then there are the traditions we all partake in, like-for those of us who celebrate, even if it’s more aligned with my own experience of December as “celebrating”-baking cookies at Christmastime. I tried to think of just one experience I could single out for this post, and it just wasn’t possible. By doing so, I recalled how I always did this with someone, or for someone (read: many someones). I guess it got me to thinking about all the people who have been in my life, and all the people who are still in my life, and all the people that I haven’t yet met.

You all are fascinating to me. Please bake delicious cookies and be good to each other.

One Year: Maple and Brown Butter Hazelnuts
Two Years: Raspberry Yogurt Pound Cake
Three Years: Avocado Horiatiki

Dark Brown Sugar Cookies
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat coconut oil and butter until smooth. Beat in brown sugar and molasses until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and continue beating, one more minute. Pour in dry ingredients in halves, stirring until just combined. Roll dough out into a log and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or longer, if making ahead), then slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and slightly undercooked in the center. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cookies will last up to three days when stored in an airtight container. Note: You will need to bake these in batches, if making all of them at once. I like to keep this dough in the fridge and bake cookies as I want them.

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