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A Sweet Reply to Those Who 'Can't Bake'

Dec 05, 2018 - The New York Times

In a former life as a pastry chef, I baked many elaborate things on a daily basis: hand-pulled Austrian strudel dough, sheet cakes seven-layers tall to be cut into painfully precise 1-inch squares and, of course, cookies.

While cookies in and of themselves weren't the most challenging thing I made on a daily basis, it was a different story around the holidays. People came to expect something dramatic and festive, code for ''overly complicated.''

It was a similar story when I becam...