Cookie Monster's Clamor for Student’s Baking

By Lizzie Kirst - 05/09
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Drama is something the teachers of the English department encounter everyday in their daily reading and teaching of classical literature. The drama one usually associates with this department would be more along the lines of complex relations between characters in novels or a complicated series of events like those experienced in “Romeo and Juliet” rather than examples of petty fights or gossip usually associated with the word.

While literary drama is definitely a part of these teachers’ day to day lives, a new type of drama has presented itself in the form of cookies that has the English teachers talking. Ms. Jessica Ginsburg received an assortment of Christmas cookies from senior Lauren Murljacic whom she taught sophomore year. Included in the batch were five or six different types of treats, which included sugar cookies with sprinkles, traditional chocolate chip (see Lauren's recipe on this page) and butter cookies with jam.

The cookies were sitting on Ms. Ginsburg’s desk and many of the teachers took notice and were offered samples. Mr. Matt Pavia, another one of Lauren’s former English teachers, began talking to his colleague Ms Ginsburg about Lauren’s cookies being good enough for her to open her own bakery.

The jam cookies quickly became Ms. Ginsburg’s favorites. “These cookies are skip-lunch-type-of cookies” Ms. Ginsburg said. When asked what Lauren’s favorite cookie was she couldn’t tell me. “A fresh cookies is a good cookie and it only goes wrong if you burn it,” she said. Lauren also couldn’t name just one favorite cookie she likes to eat. But she did have a favorite to bake. Lauren said she prefers making chocolate chip cookies because they are “the simplest yet also the most complex because there is so much you can do with it.”

The next time Lauren stopped by the English department she was jokingly asked by Ms Ginsburg when she would be making more confections for her favorite teacher. The next batch, which consisted of gingersnaps, was brought to Ms. Ginsberg in a large Mason jar. The gingersnaps were quick to catch the attention of the other teachers. Soon history teacher Mr. Chris Buckley began to make the journey across the Learning Connections room to the English department.

Mr. Buckley was awarded the special privilege to help himself to Lauren’s gingersnap cookies stashed in her filing cabinet. Word of the cookies got out and other teachers were helping themselves to some of these amazing treats. This upset Mr. Buckley who was hooked on Lauren’s cookies. He colluded with Ms. Ginsburg to have the location of the cookies changed to prevent others from eating them, ultimately ensuring more cookies for the select few.

Clearly these cookies are something special since they have caused teachers to steal, trick, hoard and hide them. I had taken Ms. Ginsburg’s word on the deliciousness of the cookies, but once she offered me one of the gingersnaps I realized just how good they really were. From tasting her cookies it was clear to me that Lauren definitely has a knack for baking that has developed over the years.

Lauren’s baking career started at a young age when she was given the privilege of helping her mother crack the eggs or measure out the flour, something I’m sure everyone did when they were young. But Lauren continued her love of baking and remembers the first time her mom let her use the oven by herself when she was in fifth grade. Thankfully, for those who are lucky enough to taste the fruits of her labor, Lauren has been whipping up recipes ever since. One tip Lauren offered to future bakers is that she doesn’t measure the vanilla. But it takes someone skilled to be able to estimate measurements, so you may want to stick to the recipe.

Lauren's peers and professors at   Loyola University Chicago, where she will attend college, are in for a treat if she makes these amazing sweets, which have created an uproar in the English department.