3+ lbs unsalted butter (“European style” preferred)
1 bag unbleached flour
sugar, sugar, sugar (white, brown, molasses, crystallized, powdered, candies…bring on the sugar)
1 bag 99% cacao, unpronounceable, super snobby chocolate chips
accoutrements of your liking: walnuts, pecans, rolled oats, seeds (poppy, sesame etc.), spices, jams, and so on.
a pinch of self-loathing
baking tools (cookie cutters, rolling pins, etc.) that are at least 20 years old
10-12 hours to kill
a partner in crime is ideal, but not necessary
I rarely bake. I swear. This year, for some reason, I found it necessary to make 6 batches of holiday cookies: several sets of Sunset’s big oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (the old standby), snickerdoodles with cardamom (which kinda sucked), shortbread with jam, and gingerbread reindeer. Actually, I kinda blame a friend for starting the obsession by inviting me to her cookie exchange. I love using my mom’s and grandmothers’ baking stuff that I remember from my childhood. The worn grooves on the rolling pins and scratches on the cookie cutters really feel like the holidays, you know?
Hoping you had a fun holiday binge of your own that your thighs and bum now regret.