making cookies by hand. The mixer just speeds things up too much and the cookies just don't turn out the same. Besides, I truly enjoy mixing the dry ingredients together; creaming the sugar, butter and eggs and folding it all together. The best part of the whole process thought is eating a spoon full of dough between putting the first and second batches in the oven. The dough is sweet, salty and has such a great texture. I think I enjoy the dough more than the baked cookie!