a box, you say?

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I have a secret to tell you.

I made cookies out of a box.

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I don’t know what you and your best friend do together, but my best friend and I curl up under blankets on her couch and drink tea and eat turkish delight and sometimes I bake things. It’s a solid arrangement.

I was over at my best friend’s house earlier this week to hang out / await a furniture delivery / chat, when she mentioned that she needed to make brownies for a work-related event the next day. She then pulled out a small glass mixing bowl and a boxed gluten-free brooksters mix.

Despite appearances, to the trained eye (i.e. mine), this was not a subtle request for supervision, or even a meek sorry-you-have-to-watch-me-bake-while-we-hang-out apology.

So I did what any good friend (or compulsive baker) would do, and made the brooksters for her. With the caveat that I got to try one (or two).

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For a gluten-free treat, they were chewy and delicious. For a boxed mix, they were mind-blowing. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m a convert, but I now am a slightly more optimistic skeptic.

Here’s to friendship, caffeine, and cookies. For the next few months, I’ll be hibernating in and around the corners of the earth that include these things.

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Brooksters made using Williams Sonoma Baked Brookster Mix, which I’ve just learned is apparently no longer available online. Go forth and be better than me: make your own!

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