Cry Me A River Cookies.

I’m that mom.  The one who does practically anything to keep my son from melting into a puddle of tears.  He is after all my tender-heart.  Fritz knows he has me wrapped around his sweet little finger.  So when he fell asleep in the car on the way home one day and he woke up and saw his sisters with cookies (WITH SPRINKLES) in their hands…it didn’t look good in the tear department.  (Also, why did I not buy four cookies?  Why just two?  I never know why I make things harder for myself.)

He wailed.  My little boy is special.  Yes, that kind of special.  We’re not sure about the why or how, but he’s special.  He just couldn’t understand why he didn’t have a cookie or that they were all gone.  I offered up some prized Maltesers Natalie brought me back from Germany.  No.  A square of Mommy’s secret stash of bittersweet chocolate.  No.  Ice cream?  Nuh-uh.  Nothing would work.  I even got out a bottle of sprinkles, a bowl and a spoon.  He wasn’t having it.

He buried his face in the sofa, soaking it with his bitter tears.  It was heartbreaking.

I quietly pulled out the frozen butter and thawed it in the microwave.  I creamed it with what was left of the granulated sugar–one cup.  I added eggs and vanilla.  Flour came next.  (I totally forgot about leavening.)  And soon I had a cookie dough worthy of baking.

My little guy saw what I was doing and quickly wiped the tears from his big grey-blue eyes.  A smile crossed his sweet face, and he sat down at the table eagerly awaiting his cookies.  I even rolled them in sprinkles just for him.

I imagine these cookies are good for any kind of tears.

Cry Me A River Cookies
makes about 2 dozen

1 cup salted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 whole large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups flour (use less if you want a stickier dough)
1/4 tsp. salt (optional, use if you use unsalted butter)
Multicolored jimmies or sanding sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla, egg yolk, and whole egg.  Beat until thick and creamy.  Add the flour a little at a time until dough is stiff, but not dry and crumbly.  It should hold its shape when rolled into a ball.  Roll the dough into small balls, about 3/4″ or so, and press the balls into a small bowl containing jimmies or colored sugar.

Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, gently press to flatten the dough.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.  Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Aww Fritzie is a cute boy and he is lucky to have a Mom like you. I do the same thing with buying not enough treats sometimes and it’s annoying. Those cookies look good. I am a sucker for cookies!

  2. That’s the sweetest story of all the stories you’ve posted. Fritzy IS indeed a special little guy to us all!!

  3. Just made these with the lil ones. They were yummy! The kids loved making the cookies, rolling the dough and dipping it into the sprinkles. Was a great activity, quick and super easy. Also I wasn’t left with dozens of cookies to eat myself. I like that it is a smaller sized batch, I am not committed to the kitchen for hours. Thanks!

  4. Your son is adorable and you definitely seem like the best mom I boy could dream of having !
    These look so lovely, soft and delicate : ) I will definitely try them to cheer up my younger sister next time the case of the waterworks hits her !

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