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I’m getting excited to see you again. What’s it been? A year? I thought I saw you in the grocery store around Halloween, but then I thought, “no way. Christmas wouldn’t show up before Halloween has a chance to do whatever the heck it does.” What does Halloween do? I’m guessing they don’t cover stuff like that in school anymore, because we had a lot of teenagers at our door this year, and most of them were wearing jeans and hoodies. I don’t think we should have to give candy to those little wankers, but I know that they’ll egg our house if we don’t. And yes, I totally get that kids’ brains are the size of acorns, but still.
Things have been very busy here at the Cat Farm, so I’m feeling a little behind. 2.0 and I vowed that we would be finished with our holiday shopping by the end of November. I fear this was ambitious, as we have done nothing to prepare for your arrival as of yet. Unless you count the endless conversations about how much food we plan to shove in our faces.
I’m going to do my best to ensure that Rosie Beaucoup doesn’t barf on your big day this year. And we’ll post a Poop Progress Report on the refrigerator for you-know-who as well. (Travel belly is bound to strike again.) Also, when I get back from visiting Pussycat, I’m going to decorate the Cat Farm so it looks like you hurled all over it. That’s right. Glitter galore. And I’m going to do lots of baking. Lots and lots of it.
Speaking of baking, I made these cookies for you. They are buttery and as light as air – just the way you like them. The secret is beating them lots and lots. Rosie Beaucoup taught me that. She says you have to beat the butter for ages. Then add an egg yolk and beat forever. Then throw some sugar in there and beat for an eternity, and finally, add some flour, which, of course, you beat until the end of time. They aren’t overly sweet, and they really do melt in your mouth. Light as air! I think they are perfect with tea, and they freeze well, so you can hide them from your family and eat them all by yourself if you like.
Anyhoo, if you could bring some happiness and good health to – well, you know – bring it to those who need it most, I’d really appreciate it. And you know about my little wish, right? If you could be so kind… Finally, and I’m just wondering here, have you ever noticed how when someone says something like, “but seriously though,” it wasn’t generally preceded by something funny? Is there anything you can do about that?
Can’t wait to see you,
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Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies.
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of your stand mixer, on medium speed, beat the butter for ages (5 minutes). Then add the egg yolk and beat forever (5 minutes). Add the sugar and beat for an eternity (5 minutes). Then add the flour in 4 parts (1/2 cup at a time), beating for 2 minutes after each addition. Then beat an additional 2 minutes for good luck.
Roll the batter into balls (scant tablespoon full for each ball) and place on baking sheets. Flatten the tops slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass (cookies should be about 1/2 inch thick). Bake for about 12-15 minutes until very slightly brown on the bottom edge.
Notes: the secret to this recipe is tremendous beating. Use pure butter – no substitutions this time! And be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl between ingredient additions to ensure everything is combined perfectly.