Healthy and Sane

Have a (chunky lola) cookie!

December 21st, 2010 · 21 Comments · baking, dessert, Flour bakery cookbook

Tomorrow is a cookie swap party at my work and somehow I thought it was a good idea to participate. What can I say, I love a good excuse to use my new Flour Bakery cookbook!

I had a plan – I was going to make the cookies smaller, calculate their Weight Watchers Points+ and track the 1 cookie I was going to try for quality control.


After Alicia raved about them, I decided to make the chunky lola cookies from the Flour Bakery cookbook. I used a 1.5T cookie scoop instead of 1/4 cup (making them almost 3 times smaller than they are at the bakery!) and used unsweetened coconut (I almost skipped the coconut. If you have the cookbook and make these – don’t skip the coconut! It’s amazing).

So back to my plan… I made exactly 24 cookies required for the cookie swap party + 1 for me and 2 for Adam. Each of my smaller cookies calculated to 3 Points+ – not too bad and these are REAL cookies, with real butter, sugar, chocolate chips, pecans and coconut. The whole deal. It IS possible to enjoy a cookie and stay on plan.


I ate one. It was crispy on the outside with a buttery crumb that instantly melted in my mouth. Heaven! Then I had a few bites of cookie dough (let’s call it cookie #2). This is when I knew it was time to WALK AWAY FROM THE COOKIES.


I did. And then Adam only had one of his (even though he said they were incredible) so I ate the other. That’s 3 cookies, also known as 10 Points+ and 9 points above my daily allowance. I never made it to the gym.

Guys, I’m going to be in so much trouble at the cookie swap party tomorrow. I get weak in the knees just thinking about all that glorious sugar!

Can you stop at just one cookie?

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Carly

    I can totally relate… I went to a cookie swap a few weeks ago. It was dangerous to have all those cookies in my house. I definitely can’t stop at just one cookie. I am such a cookie monster it isn’t even funny. I am making Christmas cookies this week for the family on Saturday and I am praying that I can even show SOME self control!

  • #2 - alicia

    I am glad that you enjoyed them – but I had a HARD time stopping at 1 – and I ate a lot of dough. Did I mention I haven’t joined a gym out here yet? yep – pants getting snug.

    Before you go to the cookie swap, promise yourself a bite of only the cookies you’ve never seen before…..1 bite. take the recipes and then bring your swap cookies to work the next day…..I haven’t stopped baking or cooking – but I have started bringing food to work, and people LOVE it.

  • #3 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    i have SO much trouble with this… i can sometimes stop with a “taste”, but once i have a full cookie… then it is just two, then just one more… and i have done so much worse than three!

  • #4 - Susan

    No way! I can never just keep it at one. Maybe two but really never one! :)

  • #5 - Michelle

    It takes a lot of self control to stop at just one…so I’d have to say that I definitely can’t stop at one! :-)

  • #6 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    I can barely stop at cookie dough.

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    I’ve never been into cookies. It’s cake that I have zero self control over and that’s ten times worse!

  • #8 - Megan

    These are my favorite Flour cookies. I would treat myself to one at the of my shift if I hadn’t had another pastry that day. It was pretty much no contest between the Lolas and the other cookies — though they are all amazing. I would definitely make them smaller at home too… that’s a whole lot of cookie!

  • #9 - sister inna

    this is the worst time of the year to be staying on any plan :(
    i feel your pain sistuh
    the space around my desk at work has been magically transformed into ” whatever sugar/ flour/ chocolate anyone sends, put it here area”.

  • #11 - sophia

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I can usually stop at one cookie, but I don’t think I can with yours. I love the texture in there! And I’m assuming that it isn’t too sweet, either.

  • #12 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    Yum! Coconut is amazing in cookies.
    I’m totally fine to stop at 1 cookie if that’s all I want or if I’m full – and I have no problem eating a few more if I really want them :) I also really enjoy making healthy cookies with little processed sugars and eating a bunch for a snack.

  • #13 - Alice

    Hells no. I find I either stuff myself, or I limit myself and spend the whole time miserable, thinking non-stop about how I want another one.

    You can’t win!

  • #14 - One Healthy Apple

    The answer to your question is usually not. Cookies are bite size, so you have to have more than one :)

    I hope your cookie swap went well and you made it out of there alive!

  • #15 - Masha

    Elina I have been reading your blog for awhile but have never commented. Just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate you being so honest and open in your struggles to lose weight and be a mindful eater. I can really relate!!! Masha

  • #16 - Katie @The Small Boston Kitchen

    These look so good! They must have been a hit at the party!

  • #17 - Car

    I can stop at one cookie.

    Only when my tummy is full from the ridiculous amount of cookie DOUGH I’ve already eaten and I really can’t find room for another.

    No joke.

    Loves-dough-more-than-cookies And-this-is-why-I-don’t-make-cookies

  • #18 - Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle

    No WAY can I ever stop at just one cookie. I don’t think I ever have had just one cookie to be honest. It is what it is. We all have our weaknesses.

  • #19 - Don’t freak out yet–it may even out

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  • #20 - CaSaundra

    Good idea in making the cookies smaller–then you can feel like you’re having more. As far as worrying about going overboard at the cookie swap, it’s December and I think you can jump right back on board come January and be fine! :-)

  • #21 - Shannon

    i’m with cara :) although you got some good tips and i peaked ahead to see how you did, like the approach! i’ll have to remember it when it comes to our cookie exchange…