- Chosen a recipe.
- Made sure I had all the ingredients.
- Cleaned my work area.
- Gotten out my ingredients and allowed them to come to room temperature.
- Pulled-out my measuring cups, mixer, mixing bowls, wax paper and one cookie sheet.
Creaming the butter* and sugar**(s) is the first step in the actual dough-combining process.
*Since these cookies were going to be the snack for my daughter's Girl Scout troop, I used half real butter and half solid shortening. This combination makes for a sturdier cookie, which is less likely to break when being grabbed out of the container.
**There is only one sugar, white, in this recipe. Other cookie recipes (like Chocolate Chip) may call for brown sugar as well.