If you give a mouse…

One of the most prolific home bakers I know nonetheless thinks cookies are too much work. So does the author of one of my favorite cookbooks:

When you really think about it, whoever invented the cookie wasn’t really on our team. Between the butter that needs to be softened and whipped just so to the chilling, scooping, and arranging of dough on trays upon trays, only to rearrange cookies on cooling racks a short while later… Wait, why do we make cookies again? They’re like the breakfast pancake of the dessert course, the maximum amount of labor one can squeeze from a single bowl of batter.

That’s from my new favorite, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.