For the second year now, I’ve donated a “dozen dozen” cookies to a silent auction fundraiser at our church. This means many things: I get to bake a ton of cookies and they leave my house, which is generally a good thing. Someone else is relieved of baking duties for the holidays, and local charities benefit. It’s a win-win-win, really, especially when my house smells like these:
Barefoot Contessa Parties!, p. 236
I substituted shortening for butter (clutch the pearls) because it makes for a fluffier, cakier cookie.