Thursday, July 1, 2010
That fresh air mixed with the fragrance of cookies baking in the oven is another pleasure of life. Mark is a cookie lover, especially oatmeal raisin, and he was OUT of cookies! OMG! So I baked 98 today and froze 6 dozen. That should hold him for awhile. For months I have been experimenting with different sweeteners and oil subsititutes to lighten up the cookies. Mark ate them but I think they kept getting less and less delicious. One day a friend and his son came by and I gave the boy a cookie. He smelled it, licked it, licked it again and then held it without taking a bite. Now, that isn't any way to relate to a cookie. So I thought long and hard and decided that cookies should just be cookies - not health food. So I am using Ina Garten's (Barefoot Contessa) recipe for Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from her Back to Basics cookbook. I add walnuts AND pecans to the cookies and they are divine and worth every calorie. We eat so healthy most of the time with fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and very healthy homemade bread that dessert will just be allowed to be dessert in my house. Great decision --- I feel much better. Now it's time for a cookie and tea.