I wanted cookies. But I didn’t want to eat them all, so I made my husband’s favorite kind instead of my own. I also wanted cookies immediately, and grain mills didn’t want to wait for the butter to come to room temperature. What to do? Do not put butter in the microwave! I actually didn’t have enough butter in the fridge to make any cookies at all, so I had to resort to my freezer stockpile. That means, I had to shave it using a cheese grater (yes, there is your magical culinary tip this week!). Shaving the frozen butter, or thinly slicing cold butter, allows it to come to room temperature faster while you’re beating in the sugar. Never ever melt your butter in a microwave if you intend to have soft chewy cookies rather than crispy thin discs. Butter has a job to do in tying all of your ingredients to a palpable dough. It also needs to get hot in the oven to melt the sugar and actually cook the cookies.