Now’s your chance to add your two cents. Which do you prefer when baking? You all should know me by now; I use whatever I have on hand, so if I’m down to my last stick of butter, I’ll use shortening. If I have margarine out the whazoo, I use margarine. When I’m feeling healthy, I’ll use applesauce, which is a pretty dang good substitute in most cases. Maybe not cookies so much, but cupcakes, definitely.
It’s kind of like, do you prefer heart disease or cancer? Butter=cholestorel, margarine=weird toxins.
I don’t bake often. It’s too complicated. But I love people who are great bakers. A friend made these brownie things the other night that had a layer of chocolate chip cookie on top and then chocolate drizzled on top of that. O. M. Gee. I had one and booked it out of her house before I embarrassed myself with longing looks at the plate of dessert.
One of my best friends of all time also happens to be a great baker. Coincidence. Anyway, she made these incredible sugar cookies every Halloween with some orange frosting and chocolate chips to make a Jack O Lantern face. I made a pig out of myself every Halloween. She moved to Utah, so maybe I’ll lose weight.
My sisters are also wonderful bakers. I missed the baking gene when they were handing them out. I was probably oogling over the invention of Hostess Twinkies.
Now, I just pulled some sugar cookies out of the oven. Don’t get excited; they’re from a mix, and I used shortening. Normally I wouldn’t notice the difference, BUT I just made some on Monday night when I had plenty of butter. Wow…gag. At least now I know that I prefer sugar cookies made with butter.