The sad thing is, I already know what I did wrong and I also know that in most cases it's the same thing I always do wrong—I melted the butter. Last time I baked cookies, I attempted "the worlds easiest sugar cookies." I figured, if "the worlds easiest" was in the name, I could totally take them on. So I went to town, only to come out with crumbly dough and rock hard, dry cookies. After reading ALL of the comments beneath the recipe, I found out my problem. Apparently the consistency of butter is really important when you're baking cookies. (Who knew!?) So when it says softened, it means softened, not put a cup of butter in the microwave until its liquified. Despite this new found knowledge, last night I yet again melted the butter and I yet again came out with crumbly, hard cookies. The thing is, I never plan to bake, so I never take the butter out of my fridge ahead of time. So, rather than taking it out and waiting hours for the butter to soften, I throw it right in the ol' microwave and conveniently forget about it until the beeping starts... and then I end up with sad, pathetic, good for nothing but breaking teeth cookies. You'd think I'd learn.
Are you a patient baker?