Buttercream and Lazy Baking

I enjoy cooking, but I really only love it when I have an afternoon off to plan the meal and spend quiet, me time in the kitchen.  However, there is a husband at my house along with two growing boys, all of whom frequently think they need dessert.  I am a cook and not a baker.  There are a few baked desserts I can manage to not mangle, but for the most part, desserts are a purchased delicacy.  I have learned a couple of nifty little tricks and I’m going to share them with you so you can be a lazy baker too.

First, I get a bag of sugar cookie mix.  No, this is not scratch baking.  This is easy baking with an economical and time saving twist.  So get that bag of sugar cookie mix and put it in a bowl with all of the other ingredients specified on the back of the package.  Mix them all up and eat a bite or two for good measure.  Tell your boys they can’t have a bite because there are raw eggs in the batter and they might get sick.  When they ask why you get to have a bite, use one of your good Mommy excuses like “because I said so” or “only mommies are allowed to do this.”  Line an 8″x12″ casserole dish with foil.  I don’t ever bother putting any butter or non-stick spray on the foil and my cookie bars turn out just fine.  Turn on the oven to whatever temperature the package says.  Pour however much cookie batter you didn’t eat into the casserole dish and spread it out just a bit.  It’ll have to bake for about half an hour.  Try not to let it burn because munchkins get a little upset when their “cookies” are crispy.

And every great once in a while, “cookies” need icing.  These cookies don’t need anywhere close to a full batch of icing though.  Start by melting a tablespoon of butter. 

Dip a straw into a bottle of vanilla to get a tiny drop of vanilla and flick that into the butter.  Start with a half cup of powdered sugar and about a tablespoon of milk. 

Mix well with a spoon and then taste the icing repeatedly to make sure the flavor is right.  You’ll need to add more powdered sugar to get it to the right consistency and I recommend lots and lots of testing. 

Just be sure to leave enough icing that the cookie monsters in your house get some icing on their cookies.

If you’re feeling really generous (read: If you haven’t already eaten all of the sprinkles in your cupboard straight out of the jar because you had a sugar craving), you can put some sprinkles on top of the iced cookies and all of the men in your life will think you are a fantastic baker and will sing your praises to anyone who will listen.  You should just smile and take all of that credit.

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