Me: I can't find my hand mixer. Can I just stir cookie dough with a spoon?
Mom: Sure, we did that all the time before electricity.
Me: Is it ok if I melt the butter instead of waiting for it to soften?
Mom: Well, your grandmother always did that.
Two hours later:
Mom, why are my cookies all run together and flat as little pancakes?!
(These tasted ok, they just looked ridiculous.)
Triple threat: run-together, flat, and burned.
(These had to be tossed.)
At least these are round.
I searched the internet and found that three things could make for flat cookies. I had done all of them.
1) Too much stirring.
2) Too much baking soda.
3) Melting the butter.
I took a plateful of the least stupid-looking ones to my meeting, and prayed that my friends wouldn't laugh. When I went to retrieve my plate at the end, I could hardly believe it. They'd eaten all the cookies!
Maybe their grandmothers always melted the butter too, and they were nostalgic for flat cookies.
Just don't tell Cookie Jill, ok?