I love to bake. It’s such a great stress reliever and you get a treat at the end. It takes quite a bit of patience and a careful eye, but it’s worth the time. Baking can also be a special tradition, like within my family. Recipes have been passed down for generations, like my grandmother’s pound cake. It can also bring people together, like my mother’s famous cherry pie. Scarcely a birthday or family gathering goes by without it. Baking can also have a healing effect; whenever I feel so down that I don’t think I can stand it anymore, I make cookies and they make me feel better.
One time, my friend and I were planning a sleepover and we decided to make it a sugar day. We were expecting another of our friends to join us the next day and since she had very strict parents, we went to the store and bought a bunch of junk food. She had never had a birthday cake before, so we decided to make her not one, but two, a bunch of chocolate muffins, cookies, and cinnamon rolls… we got a little carried away. Of course, then her parents decided she was too young for a sleepover (she was fourteen), but my other friend and I had a great time and the best sugar day ever!
A couple of years ago, my sister got very, very, very sick and we didn’t know what was wrong with her. She had to drop out of school, had appointments with the best doctors in town, was in more casts and braces than I can count, and had more pills shoved down her throat than I care to remember. Every day, after school, I would take care of her. We would talk, watch movies, draw, anything she felt up to doing, and one day, she was hungry, but we didn’t have anything that she wanted to eat. I was looking through the cabinet for something that might tempt her when I saw a big thing of flour. I asked her if she would like me to make some cookies and she gave me a smile the likes of which I hadn’t seen in a very long time. I found an old recipe that my mom and I used to make when it rained and I made a big batch.
I hadn’t seen my sister so happy in a very long time and when my parents came in, they smiled too, because seeing her so filled with joy and sugary goodness seemed to make the past couple of months melt away. After that, every couple of days, I made my sister cookies. Vanilla, shortbread, lemon, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and I even created my own recipe for sugar cookies. Soon after, we found a great doctor and now my sister’s all better, but I will never forget the smile she gave me and the moment of peace that was given to her by a simple cookie.
Veronica Huston’s Very Own and Top-Secret Sugar Cookie Recipe
-1 cup of butter
-2 ¾ cup of flour
-1 cup of sugar
-1 tbsp. of vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°. Beat the butter until creamy, then add the eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Next, add the flour in by half measures, mixing in between each scoop. Place tbsp. of batter onto non-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle each liberally with sugar. Put in oven until golden, then enjoy!