Every presidential election cycle since 1992, the magazine has published a cookie recipe from the candidate’s wives. The latest recipes were released Thursday morning, of course with a twist this year: Since Hillary Clinton is the first female nominee of a major party, it was her husband Bill who furnished a cookie recipe along with Melania Trump.
Bill Clinton doesn’t exactly win points for creativity this year — he submitted the “Clinton Family’s Chocolate Chip Cookies” — a reprisal of his wife’s earlier oatmeal chocolate chip submissions. And Melania Trump’s submission: “Melania Trump’s Star Cookies.” Family Circle readers will vote on the recipes in a poll on the magazine’s website.
But this isn’t so much a story about cookies as it is a story about Hillary Clinton. Back in 1992, Hillary Clinton was something of an oddity, a political spouse with her own high-powered career, who hadn’t set it aside to stand by her husband when Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Her career became an issue in the Democratic primary. There were questions about whether Bill Clinton, who was the governor Arkansas at the time, had funneled state business into her law firm.
When asked about her career in a press gaggle, Clinton responded, “You know I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life. And I tried very, very hard to be as careful as possible and that’s all that I can tell you.”
The uproar was almost immediate. Her comments were taken as a slight against stay at home moms and women who did have time to make cookies and catapulted her into controversy.