Cookie love

Remember last year’s cookie swap party at Shannon’s? There was a lot of sugar consumed in several hours’ span… and it was a blast! This year we had a smaller crowd but that just made for a more intimate conversation and well, there was certainly still no shortage of sugar!!

Last year I made 2 rookie mistakes – I made a recipe I never tried before (true to myself). I also decided to go the healthy route. The cookies came out just okay… and when there is steep “competition,” let’s be honest – healthier cookies rarely stand out. I didn’t love my cookies so I wasn’t trying to “sell” them to anyone (btw, the competition I am referring to is for your taste buds – since most of us couldn’t possibly eat one whole cookie from each batch, we just tried little bites and pieces of each and then maybe chose 1 or 2 favorites to finish… at least that’s typically my game plan for these types of parties!).

This time I was smarter. I picked one of my favorite cookies from 2010almond macaroons with chocolate ganache. Yes, I’m obsessed. While plating my cookies to-go, I even got a nice little surprise – I realized that our bedroom had all this natural light shining in – so I grabbed a placemat and the cookies and snapped a few photos (much better than those previously taken in the dark, if I do say so myself). Aren’t these gorgeous??


They came out perrrrrrrrfect this time – exactly like the recipe said. I am obsessed more than ever. The are soft and light, with just a slight sweetness and chew and a hint of almond flavor (the cookies are just almonds, sugar and egg whites – I do not add almond extract to the batter). And that chocolate ganache – oh my. Rich, smooth. Drool. [Reminder: the recipe is from the Flour bakery cookbook]


And yes, I went to the cookie swap proud of my product and ready to gush about it. Winking smile They fit perfectly with everyone’s beauties.


Our hostess Shannon made pumpkin cinnamon roll cookies


Jen (you know, the winner of Project Food Blog, no big deal… lol) made meyer lemon shortbread cookies


Kerstin made pretzel & graham cracker chocolate bars


Bridget brought light and fluffy lemon ricotta cookies



And Cara shared her family’s favorite treat – butterscotch peanut butter rice crispies with a chocolate ganache filling (phew, that’s a mouthful!)


Check out those ladies’ blog for the recipes. Everything was sweet and heavenly. After the party I headed straight to the bar and my friends dug into the goodies. It was a gift that kept on giving Winking smile

On a related topic – Bon Appetit magazine’s latest issue boldly stated that the French macaroon is the next cupcake. If they’re right, I think we’ll soon be bombarded with brand new bakeries sporting these soft adorable treats with creative fillings. I say bring it on!! :mrgreen:

Have you ever had a French macaroon? In a “war” between cupcakes, almond macaroons and whoopie pies – which one do you think should win?

Back to clean eating tomorrow. Next post: healthy cookbook review and your chance to win a copy!

Have a (chunky lola) cookie!

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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