I am not a crafty mom. So when the kids come home with art-related school projects, I immediately hand it off to Paul and say, “have fun!”
I get equally distressed about homemade Halloween costumes. Which is why they have never happened. Ever. >> I’m the reason costume stores exist.
But I am so tired of spending money on outfits the kids will wear once. So this year, I made a convincing plea for why Trevor should use his T-ball uniform and go as a baseball player, and Haley should take advantage of that adorable (and expensive!) dance recital costume again.
And I totally had them on board!
Until this past weekend.
Haley asked, “Mom, did you get me a Pirate Fairy costume yet?” Uuuum. No. “Did you get a job yet?” << inner voice.
When I reminded her about repurposing the dance costume, I got tears. Oy. Trevor immediately comforted me and said, “Mom, I’m still ok with being a baseball player” << this earned him a point on his behavior chart. Which made Haley cry harder. Good times.
Twenty minutes later, after she had lunch and the waterworks had stopped, she said all excitedly, “wait, so I get to wear make-up like I did for my recital???” Me: “sure. I guess. (berg)”
So Haley is going as a dancer, Trevor is going as a baseball player, and I’m going with a cocktail.
Chocolate Spiderweb Sugar Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Cook time: 12 minutes
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
• 3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer, until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Form tablespoon sized balls of dough and place on baking sheets 2 inches apart; flatten slightly with the back of a spatula. Bake for 11-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
When cookies have completely cooled, prepare frosting. Combine powdered sugar and milk in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk until smooth. Spoon into a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Working with 1 cookie at a time, pipe 3 concentric circles onto each cookie. Starting at center circle, pull a wooden pick through other circles at regular intervals to create a “web.”
Allow frosting to set or enjoy immediately.
(adapted from myrecipes)