Mary Alice Sain was there when my parents brought me home from the hospital, their first baby, and only girl. Born at 5:00 in the morning on a cold wintry day in November, two days before Thanksgiving that year. . . I arrived ‘Tuesday’s child full of grace.’ Even before I can remember Mary Alice was there to love me, watch me grow up, and to teach me among other things how to cook.
There are of pictures of me standing in the kitchen with her, a year later, hanging on to her dress while she cooked. That nurturing along with the fact that my Mother is a wonderful cook led me to love to entertain and to cook. Today I’m sharing with you the cookies that Mary Alice made for me many times and they are still a favorite. She still knows more about cooking that I’ll ever know; still calls me her baby; and she will forever hold the keys to my heart.
Brown Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup Crisco®
1/2 cup butter
1-1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat together shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. Shape dough into 1-inch balls or use small cookie scoop. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown in a preheated 350 degree oven. Remove to cooling rack after 1 minute. Yield: 4 dozen.