Copy Desk Cookoff: Doughmestic Housewife Cookies

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While many young women my age are reaching for the stars aspiring to be lawyers, professors, politicians or what have you, I remain steadfast in my desire to be the ultimate trophy wife.  Why put forth effort into a tangible career when my husband can bring home the bacon, while I, of course, will be home cleaning, raising the kids, and slaving away in the kitchen?

In the spirit of all that ‘50s era lifestyle, I have obviously been honing my cooking skills so that I can one day be the perfect housewife. Let’s face it, constantly making those sandwiches can get a bit monotonous! So ladies, put on those heels and oven mitts, because it’s time to bake some delicious cookies, the essential people pleaser to satisfy all your PTO, Book Club, and Bible Study snack necessities.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together 2¼ cups all-purpose flour and ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl, and place that off to the side. In an electric mixer, using your paddle attachement, combine 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup packed light-brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar, and beat this mixture on medium until it is light and fluffy. Turn the speed to low, and add 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, and 2 large eggs. Beat this until all the ingredients are well mixed then stir in 2 cups of milk chocolate chips.

Place teaspoon-sized balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Let the cookies cool before serving, and as always, serve with a cold glass of milk.

You could, of course, make these cookies if you were on your own, an independent woman in the working world with no family or husband to account for — but that would be very feminist of you. And definitely not American.