Thursday, April 17

Life Hack: Emergency Cookies For The Rookie Chef

Location: Trenanthia Cottage located in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada (90 min north of Toronto)
Easter cake with white frosting on top and candied eggs scattered around
Easter is this weekend, which means sugar consumption levels are going to be through the roof - just the way we like it. Marshmallow candies, cupcake, stale chocolate eggs that taste like they were made last Christmas...ah, a joyous time. Sidenote: parents with kiddies who are expecting the annual egg hunt, this is your friendly reminder to both purchase and hide the eggs.

So, as it is with most holidays, food is kind of a big deal and is served in copious amounts at parties and family gatherings. This usually means that everyone is responsible for bringing a dish, because it turns out you are no longer 16 years-old and able to just show up empty-handed and devour everything in sight. Now you have to actually cook, bake, sauté…..sauté! And that’s all fine and good, except not everyone can create magically festive culinary masterpieces. Your cousin Katy makes the most amazing baked goods with such artistry you don’t know whether you should eat them or place them in a beauty pageant.

Recipe for the Rookie Chef

This Easter she’s bound to show up with some kind of chick-shaped cake pop collection, so it’s time to step up your game. I’m going to change your life by sharing a secret cookie recipe with you that is guaranteed to blow minds. And taste buds. More importantly, it’s fool-proof. Seriously, it’s been tested on fools and they passed with flying colours. All you need is:

home-made cookies with white icing drizzled on top in zig zags
1 box of golden yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)
1 tub of Cool Whip (8 oz)
1 egg
Icing sugar

Then here’s what you do…

1. Mix first 3 ingredients together until moist.
2. Form into small round balls.
3. Roll in a light coating of icing sugar.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
5. Cool on pan a few minutes before removing. Sprinkle a little extra icing sugar on top.
6. High-five the person closest to you because you just made the best cookies ever.

Voila. Delicious no-fuss cookies that you can bring to your next family dinner. Don’t forget to exaggerate the time and effort you put into them.

Enjoy, you rockstar baker. Happy Easter!