The only thing I hate more than snakes is the very fact that I hate snakes so much. I don’t know how you overcome an irrational fear in your upper 20s, but I’m open to suggestions at this point. I’ve had a few not-even-close encounters with embarrassingly minuscule garter snakes over the past week, and my reaction to what is actually a very benign creature was out of control. Think blood-curdling scream. It’s not okay.
There isn’t really a point to the above paragraph. It’s mostly a request for help.
Eating isn’t a good way to deal with anxiety and fear, but I’m a firm believer that a cookie can create positive change in most life situations.
For the cookies:
4 1/2C AP flour
4 1/2tsp baking powder
1 1/2C unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2C sugar
2T vanilla extract
For the frosting:
5C powdered sugar
1/3C butter, melted
1T vanilla extract
food coloring (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs in slowly, until well-combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until just combined.
Cover dough and chill for at least 1 hour.
Once chilled, remove dough from the oven.
Take scant 1/4C (a little less than a quarter of a cup) of dough and a time. Roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared cookie sheet and flatten it a bit.
Repeat with the rest of the dough. Leave 3″ between cookies as they do spread a bit during baking.
Bake for 11-12 minutes, until just set and lightly browned at the edges. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Then transfer to wire rack to completely cool.
While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. Add the butter, vanilla, and 6T of milk to the confectioner’s sugar. Whisk adding additional milk until desired consistency is achieved. Frost cookies once they are completely cooled.