three ingredient exam cookies

I’ve never been part of a Secret Santa. I knew what they were, but never had to do one. Rachel tells me her first Secret Santa (one of those secret gift giving events often required by classrooms and workplaces, so that you can give gifts to people you don’t know) was in fourth grade, and the nerdiest guy in the class made her a giant box of the most beautifully decorated sugar cookies. She, in turn, made meringue cookies, apparently for a girl she didn’t really like (she claims she didn’t poison them, even though it was technically secret). Every time since then, she has made cookies.

So when my work decided we would try one this year – with a $15 spending limit- not only did I have no money, I really had no ideas, except cookies. Major shocker.

So out came the flour, and in the midst of studying for exams, we made cookies. Rachel’s whipped shortbread only have three ingredients, so that was a no-brainer.


Since my coworkers are also prepping for exams and finishing up papers, a big plate off unhealthy sugar and butter is really all you want for Christmas.


Whipped Shortbread Cookies


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 + 1/2 cup flour

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and beat well with electric mixer for 10+ minutes (basically as long as you can stand to hold the mixer. Don’t skimp!)


Drop by the teaspoonful on greased baking sheet.


Bake 15 minutes at 350 F until golden brown.

And really, who doesn’t love batter that you can eat without baking?