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"The Hollandaise Sauce of Cookies"

This past weekend, using recipes from The Best Recipe and Cook's Illustrated magazine, I made cookies to give out as presents to my co-workers. The peanut butter cookies turned out well, as did the chocolate chip cookies -- but the sugar cookies were a disaster. Even before we cooked a batch, my daughter tasted the dough and said it wasn't right. When they came out of the oven, they looked awful -- so bad, in fact, that I tossed the cookies and dough and simply made more chocolate chip cookies.

Later, I spoke with a friend with more baking experience than me about what had happened. "Don't worry about it," she said. "Sugar cookies may look simple, but they're not. It's easy to get them wrong. They're the Hollandaise sauce of cookies."

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