Every holiday season at the high-end kitchen store we bake cookies for samples. Lots of cookies. We might do a batch from a mix, but often we will do a recipe borrowed from some famous celebrity’s cookbook so we can sell more of the books. I walked into work at 9 AM last Sunday, and The Boss stood there grinning at me.
I had known her for almost four years. She was a great boss, organized, dedicated, motivated … but she was not a grinner. This could only mean one thing: her beloved dog had just had eight puppies and she needed me to take one, or she wanted me to make sugar cookies.
Her dog is a male.
I got right to work with the simple recipe, mixing the ingredients which were all stored in clear airtight containers, then rolling out the dough and stamping out different designs: stars, trees, sleds, snowmen. Next, I baked the cookies. When they were done and cooled, I decorated them with a tiny bit of icing or sprinkles so you could still taste the cookie itself.
Being 9:45 in the morning, I myself was not in a cookie mood just yet, so I did not try any. But judging by the look on people’s faces as they bit into them, no one was in a cookie mood. We did not sell a single book, and later I found half-eaten remnants of my cookies throughout the store, as if customers had spit them out.
I kept meaning to try one, but then I had a steady stream of customers and couldn’t. Finally, my co-worker Deidre put more of my cookie samples out when I was stuck at the register ringing up customers.
I looked at the clock: 2:30. There was one cookie left, so I popped it in my mouth. I gagged at the taste.
It is a very basic recipe. Just mix the ingredients together to make the cookie dough and then roll it out. Here are the ingredients in case you want to replicate it:
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups white sugar (or feel free to substitute salt, like I did)
(“Master Of Vanilla”)