My easiest cookie recipe has two ingredients — refrigerator sugar cookie dough and lavender salt. And three steps: Cut dough into bite-size pieces, sprinkle with lavender salt, and bake according to instructions on the package. Bonus points for buying the fancy pre-packaged dough, without extra additives or trans fats. The cheater cookies embarrassed me, just a little, until one of my favorite chefs came to a party at our house and called me the next day begging for my secret lavender shortbread recipe.
If I have a little more time, I almost always have the ingredients for peanut butter cookies. Recently, I had the time but, alas, only one cup of flour. I did what anyone would do, searched the internet for "1 cup all-purpose flour" and "peanut butter cookies." Martha Stewart, always cool under pressure, had my back. (See her peanut butter cookies here.) And since I didn't have to rush out to the grocery store in the morning, I made sure to set a few cookies aside to enjoy with my coffee.
Do you have any dishes in your last-minute repertoire? Or have you ever passed off anything storebought as your own? (Come on — make me feel better!) What's always in your pantry?
(Image: Anne Postic)