April 1, 2012

How to murder a perfectly good weekend in 5 easy steps.

1. Forget your ID at home. Take a cab to the bar, only to realize you can't get in, because you look like you're 12. This is when you flag down the cab you just got dropped off in, go home, and try again. In case anyone is curious how much a mistake like this will cost you, it is $30.

2. Stay up until 5:30am, which only ever seems like a good idea at the time. Apparently this is a prime time to put Justin Bieber's new song on repeat and watch TLC's Mystery Diagnosis.

3. Get peer pressured into going to Peso's after a three hours of quality (sarcasm) sleep. Why yes, I would love loud techno music to accompany my eggs benedict and unbearable headache.

4. Sit on the couch. Don't ever get off the couch. Sit on the couch so long you start to question essentially every aspect of your lifestyle.

5. And since we are already here, how about we watch 48 Hours now? There's nothing like a two-hour special documenting how a man brutally killed his wife to really lighten the mood.

In desperate times such as these, there is really only one cure. And no, it's not more cowbell (although that works sometimes too). It's my mom's snickerdoodles.

I'm pretty sure these cookies are the main reason my previous roommates were sad to see me go when I moved out. But they were dudes, so that makes sense. They probably also really miss regular viewings of The Bachelor and Say Yes to the Dress...siiiiiike.

The Best Ever Snickerdoodles. Period.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Crisco (butter flavor)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar (for rolling)
4 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Mix sugar and butter until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl.

2. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping bowl after each addition.

3. Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and, salt. Add to butter mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

4. Mix together ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon.

5. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar mixture. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and cook 7-8 minutes until cookie edges are barely golden. Cool 2 minutes on sheet before removing to rack.

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