If on the spur of the moment, you
decide you want to make cookies but
the recipe calls for softened butter and
your butter is in the fridge, hard as a rock,
don't worry. Take the butter out of its
wrapper and cut into 1/4" slices, arrange
on a plate as shown above and in no time,
the butter will be soft. I have lights under
my cabinets and I place the plate below
them and find the butter softens even faster.
Now make cookies!