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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cookie Time Tuesday

I am a fan of the cookie.

And, when I say fan, I literally mean that I can (and occasionally do) eat them as my whole source of nourishment for the day.

I think that if the Cookie Diet featured Tollhouse and Snickerdoodles I'm certain that I could lose weight, no problem.

But, as it stands, I'm like 96% certain that cookies are to blame for at least one of my love handles and part of my double chin (the rest is likely from pies, chocolates, and sugar infused coffee beverages).

I know you're not gonna believe this, but I really don't eat a lot.

I know, I know, all heavy people say that.

But, in my case it's true!

I really don't even eat a lot.

At least, not a lot of food.

But cookies, I kill cookies. Kill them.

As in, stop it with the oh-no-she-didn'ts because yes I did just eat an entire bag of Chips Ahoy all by my lonesome.

Before lunch time.

But, those days are gone (no really, they totally are. Seriously. I swear.).

I'm not the cookie monster I used to be now that I'm trying to lose 10lbs before Christmas live a healthier lifestyle.

Doesn't mean I can't still appreciate a good cookie from time to time.

Cookie addiction is not like alcohol addiction. You can have one and not totally fall off the wagon. At least I can. Usually.

But, even if I can't be trusted in a room alone with a cookie, doesn't mean you can't and it doesn't mean that I'm not gonna be baking the heck outta some cookies for the holidays.

Because I am. And you should too.

So, let's start now, because Tuesday is a holiday in my cookie lovin' book.

Tonight we tried a new confection, Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Butterballs (Recipe found in Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies).

*1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 cup powdered sugar
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 cup cold butter
*1 cup mini semisweet choc. chips
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*1/2 cup powdered sugar
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and the salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.

2. Use your hands to shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart.

3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets and cool slightly, about 20 minutes.

4. In small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Roll cookies in sugar mixture. Shake excess back into bowl. Cool completely.

5. Eat up!

What I learned:
1. I probably used a little too much flour (I'm not a precise measurer) so I added a little water when I started to roll into balls.

2. Using my hands just didn't work for me. My hands nearly sealed themselves together. Use a spoon to moisten the dough some and then it rolls up easier.

3. If you don't have mini chocolate chips go ahead and use the bog ones, they work fine too.

4. Keep thieving baby hands away from the cookie plate and watch them like a hawk or else...

My favorite part about the whole video (which you may have missed because of my loud voices drowning his out) is when I asked him if he stole it and he says no, but then quickly changes his answer to yes.

I guess my lying-is-bad-you'll-burn-in-Hell soliloquies, though intended in large part for #2 (aka professional fibber), have made an impression on him as well.

Way to go Dumb Mom's parenting skills!

And, have fun baking!


Mama B said...

Oh I love cookies and can't wait to start baking. Here's a trick when your rolling cookie balls in your hands, keep the water running at a little trickle (cold) and keep your palms moist, not dripping or the cooikes get sogggy. Wet hands keep it from sticking!

tinahead81 said...

ok, i almost choked on my breakfast at this video!! so fudging funny he looked afraid to chew it!! that was great!!

the recipe sounds yummy, and since they seem so steal-able...i will
now have to make them!

i've been on the "cookie diet" for about a month...and probably will be until new jeans HATE ME right now!! lol

TKW said...

That little devil is so adorable!

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

You're like Bakerella but with an adorable video! Too cute! :)

And I am totally a fellow cookie monster. YUM.

angie said...

I cannot eat only one. Ever. Looks like a great recipe to make with the kids........and your kids........these pictures are so cute!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those sound so good. I'm highly addicted to cookies, particuarly PB ones. I have to keep them in the freezer if they're in the house...or I will eat them. They call to me.

Or the cookie-stealing bunny steals them.

Thanks for the sweet wishes...I'm praying people show up!

Jennifer said...

So cute. I love the chocolate dribbling down his chin. And you almost scared the devil right out of him when you jumped around that corner.

maya said...

So cute!! What a sneak!! Wish I baked because now I want a cookie...or five.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm sounds good! Looks good! I believe you about the eating a lot - I am the same like you said I know all heavy people say it, my vice - Pepsi! I am sure I would easily stay in my calorie intake if I quit the Pepsi!!!

Tammy Howard said...

I don't eat that much either. I don't. What? Stop looking at me like that.

Man, now I want a cookie...

Anonymous said...

We made rice krispie shaped ghosts for Halloween, and I went to wash my hands to find Sean eating one. When he saw me, he just put it back like nothing happened. Nice.
Those cookies look yummy.

kys said...

I don't eat that many fruits and vegetables. Too many pesticides. And meat? Who knows what those animals were fed plus hormones and/or anitbiotics? The only food you can trust is a cookie.

The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

Your post just reminded me I need to sign up for my friend's cookie exchange! Thanks!

Shari@aPsychMommy said...

Yum! That's funny about keeping thieving baby hands away--in our house I have to worry about the big adult hands!

Jennifer said...

I'm trying to live a healthy lifestyle too - BEFORE CHRISTMAS! LOL! We're driving home for Christmas, and the last thing I need to hear is my grandma and my own mother telling me I'm carrying some extra change in my back pockets... and around my middle! ;-) But cookies during the holiday season? I don't know how I'm gonna do it.

When did I become my Mom said...

my favourite part is "was it good? you like them?" lol

Giving away two copies of the movie Extract starring Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck. Contest ends 4/2/10.
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