Do not adjust your computer screens. You are not hallucinating. The blog you’ve come to know and trust for handcrafted, homemade goodies is featuring slice-and-bake cookies from the Pilsbury stable of favorites. Martha and Ina alike would be horrified no doubt. Sandra Lee might approve.
My kind and lovely roommate always has my best interests in mind and on a trip to the store she picked up what she referred to as a ‘cheat’ for me in case I needed a break during the epic pumpkin challenge. How ridiculously nice is that? She and I had ventured to a little Spanish place in the East Village for tapas, red wine, and a some venting the other night. Baking sugar cookies with jack-o-lanterns emblazoned on them seemed like a fantastic way to end our evening of roomie bonding.
The effort involved in these cookies was absurdly minimal. When I slid the package out of the freezer, prepared to slice up a pile of cookie dough medallions, I noticed that I wouldn’t even have to grab a knife. They were pre-sliced! How much simpler could it get? I was kind of insulted. Seriously, Mr. Doughboy, the American public can handle a bit of elbow grease when it comes to cookies that begin in your grocer’s freezer. Even when you just eat the dough (which, let’s face it, most of us do when in the presence of store-bought cookie dough), there’s some sense of satisfaction in having to work for it. You would have to really try to screw these up. For the sake of putting in some semblance of effort (and to yield more cookies) I sliced the little dough nuggets in half lengthwise. So we ended up with some soft, chewy cookies as well as thin, crispy ones. But they were all buttery and delicious. When was the last time you had a simple sugar cookie? Granted, these weren’t slaved over by grandma or anything, but they taste like pure happiness.