I am the notorious stressed-out girl. Sometimes I wish I could just take a deep breath and relax. I'm starting to learn how to do that, and these cookies sure help.
It's that time of the quarter where midterms have just finished and finals aren't for three weeks, so I can breathe a little bit now.
The week I made these cookies though, I was in a pulling out my hair/crying in a fetal position/eating lots of chocolate sort of mood. I had two papers to write, a big test to study for, and I was turning twenty and feeling like I have no plans for my future after I graduate. Gahhhh!
As I left my teen years and childhood behind, I realized their was one part of my youth I needed to reincorporate if I were to maintain my sanity.
Do you remember when you were a kid, and your mom would serve you milk and cookies or some other after-school snack when you came home from class? You would talk about your day: the kid that stuck the pencil up his nose; your 100% on the spelling test; the nasty scrape you got from falling off the twirling bars at recess. That half-hour would help your mind to recoup from the exciting, disappointing, and commonplace events of the day and transition you into the evening (and hold you over till dinner).
Look, Grown-ups--we need this too. Make yourself some coffee or some tea, and these cookies. Take a deep breath, and a big bite, and just relax.
These ingredients will help.
Put them in a big bowl.
Pour the batter out onto your pan, and bake until golden brown.
bars whatever shape you like. (eat a few--it's a laborious job cutting cookies, after all)
Now, wasn't that easy?
What do you do to relax? (I need tips!)
So-Easy Sugar Cookies
Yield: 48 cookies
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 TB milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 TB sugar (for the top)
Preheat oven to 375 deg. F. Beat sugar, butter, oil, milk, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until well-blended.
Spread mixture evenly on an ungreased 15x10x1 inch baking pan (like a jelly roll size). Sprinkle with 1 TB of sugar (or more...).
Bake at 375 deg. F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and cut into cookies.