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??

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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]

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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.

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Our hostess Shannon made pumpkin cinnamon roll cookies

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

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Kerstin made pretzel & graham cracker chocolate bars

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Bridget brought light and fluffy lemon ricotta cookies

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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