My mom tells me I'm too skinny. Others tell me I'm merely "thin." Some think I "look healthy." I see fat. And UGLY. So ugly. Being thin is something I can control but I can't control the ugly. My mom tells me I'm beautiful. The problem is I have this awesome, supportive mother who tells me everything I do is amazing. So I don't believe her anymore. I could poop on the floor and she'd tell me it's wonderful and that I did a great job.
I don't trust what anyone says because no one is honest. They just tell you what you want to hear. For all I know my baking is terrible and people are just being kind. I can see how this expressing this skepticism could come across as fishing for compliments, but really it's just desperation to know what's true. I wish I could read minds. I don't believe anything that's said to me. I expect to be lied to.
With that, here is the newest cookie. My dear friend Emily requested 2 dozen peanut butter cookies for her niece's birthday. So I did an M&M version. Adapted from this recipe. I used butter instead of shortening, added less flour, more peanut butter and brown sugar (because subbing brown sugar for some of the white sugar makes a more chewy gooey cookie. Which is good I think).
ALSO: here's free advice.
Peanut butter cookies are often too cakey or too hard and crispy. To remedy this:
1) Add less flour. You don't need very much to hold the cookie together.
2) REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH. Warm cookie dough makes a flat cookie. Period. Cold cookie dough placed on a warm cookie sheet also makes a flat cookie.
3) The cookie is done about 2 minutes before it looks done. If it looks almost done, it's probably over cooked. And if you use parchment paper, the edges won't even look brown.