There are a lot of mommy skills that I thought would come naturally the moment I birthed my first child. I figured I would instantly know how to change a diaper in under 27 seconds. I thought I would be able to cook dinner, clean the house, play with the baby and hit the gym all in the same day while managing to squeeze in a lunch with a friend and a stop at the library.
I also assumed that I would be able to make killer cookies that my child would boast about on the playground one day. Once the postpartum hormones settled, I realized that such Mommy skills had not been bestowed upon me and that I would actually have to figure out such tricks of the mothering trade. I eventually learned how to diaper a child quickly and I soon realized that accomplishing two out of the 15 things on my to-do list made for a productive day. I also figured out that if I practiced my cookie making skills then someday I would eventually be able to whip out a batch of homemade treats that would make my family cheer.
SUGAR COOKIE 101
I have worked furiously over the past four holiday seasons to successfully improve my Christmas cookie skills. I can now confidently carry in a plate of sugar cookies into any school party of moms group cookie exchange with confidence. Allow me to pass along my semi- cookie wisdom.
First, use this recipe for complete cookie yumminess (slightly adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Crisco
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough