When I was in grade school, I was enamored with the cookie jar at my friend Carrie's house. I found it almost magical that the tall glass jar was always filled with treats, and that they were always homemade by her mom or Grammie and always delicious.
It wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered their secret: Cookies aren't all that hard to bake! Often you just mix some dry ingredients with some wet ingredients, scoop out the dough, scatter them on a cookie sheet, and then, 10 minutes later, you have freshly baked cookies. You know what's even easier than baking cookies? Eating them—which can be dangerous. I don't bake cookies as often as I could, but when Henry's old enough to reach the cookie jar on the counter, I plan on filling it with some freshly baked treats of my own.
I found these lemon cookies by Rachael Ray a couple years back on Shelterrific. I love lemon almost as I love chocolate, and these cookies have just the right touch of sweetness, tart and crunch. Not only are the steps fairly simple, but I usually have the ingredients on hand. I have brought them as hostess gifts and given them as party favors, and they never fail to impress.