There are few things more comforting than combining sugar, flour and butter, knowing that together they will create something pretty and filling. Even while the outside world may be exhausting, tumultuous, frustrating, and tiring, cookies puffing up in the oven are tangible. Predictable.
Butter. Sugar. Flour. Eggs. Certainty.
I’ve been in dire need of some recovery cookies. I handle stress through a few creative methods, mostly baking and the occasional doodle or two.
Today I needed a double-dose of cookie power, so I caved and bought myself some edible markers. Two birds, one stone, I figured.
And thank heavens! It was about time. How have I lived life without these little guys?
I used a basic shortbread cookie recipe (since I am slightly more fond of shortbread cookies than sugar cookies) and gave a new royal icing recipe a try.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you make whatever cookies you feel like while recovery baking. Peace of mind through butter is the entire point.
The royal icing is courtesy of Bon Appetite, who specify 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 egg whites. Mix until thoroughly smooth and silky, thinning with a few tablespoons of water until it reaches your desired texture.
I covered my cookies by squeezing a tiny dollop of icing the center, spreading evenly with a knife and letting dry at least half an hour. Rock-hard icing is crucial, otherwise it makes doodling a messy affair.
Then, of course, the fun is to let loose and be creative.
I listened to all of my favorite, mushiest Fifties Love Songs playlist, then let the Portland rainfall take over the soundtrack. My cookies may have been heavily influenced by a late Valentine’s persuasion.
And, to clear you of all doubts and hesitations, recovery cookies do not contain any calories. Take my word for it.