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The perfect cookie is...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

...a mystery to me. Depends on what I'm looking for, really, doesn't it? I can name a favorite cookie (Keebler's grasshoppers, girl scout thin mints), but these days, the standard of perfection lies in a different direction. I'm looking for that cookie that is delicious, but not irresistible. One that I turn to when I need a sweet treat, but not one that I'd desire immediately when my eyes fell upon its box. One that's there for me, but won't weigh me down, hold me back...wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, cookies!

I'll tell you one that does not do the trick, the Kroger (upper midwest grocery chain) brand peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They're a bit too delicious, to where I find myself grabbing a couple every few hours. It's a good thing when the store brand is a buck cheaper and better than what I remember the chips ahoy pb/cc tasting like. It's not a good thing when they won't last very long.

On the opposite end, it's can't be too bland, or too blase. Graham crackers just won't cut it, not without some accoutrements. And when you add chocolate and marshmallows to the mix, you've kind of defeated the purpose. There are other cookies that wouldn't cause me to reach for the box every time I pass by, like pecan sandies, but, seriously, does anyone actually like those things? This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby. (Cue chorus of sandie defenders in 3...2...1...)

So what is that perfect cookie, delicious enough to satisfy the occasional desire, and stolid enough to withstand cursory attention?

Wouldn't mind hearing nominations, or what you consider your own favorite cookie.


Tonight's music is Rush, the Hold Your Fire album, but I'm compelled to share this video instead...a PMV done of their classic, 2112. And if you're not familiar with PMV, as I just found out from google a half hour ago, it's like anime, but done entirely with cartoon pony stuff...so, this vid is Rush, set to My Little Pony video...and it's bizarrely fantastic...

It's the whole song, 20+ minutes, so if limited for time or not a Rush fan (blasphemy!), just check out the Temples of Syrinx part, from about 3:30-6:15.

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    I am an oatmeal raisin fan myself. I have a weakness for thin mints lol.
    1869 days ago
    I haven't had Pecan Sandies in ages. My great grandmother (from Biloxi Mississippi by way of Mobile Alabama) always had a thing of them on top of the fridge. I remember them being really good. I might have to buy a box now....

    Also, we've got Kroger here in Virginia, not just limited to the upper midwest anymore. Y'all got any Piggly Wigglies?
    1869 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    CHOCOLATE CHIP, PEOPLE!!! C'MON.....nothing is better than a warm gooey chocolate chip right out of the oven. emoticon emoticon
    1869 days ago
    Ginger Snaps... but they have to be soft ones, or it's just wrong. Graham crackers with a little peanut butter is delightful.

    RUSH!! Love it. I just saw them a couple of months ago... amazing. A real treat for the eyes and ears!! Crazy musicianship.
    1869 days ago
    I agree with some of the others too though. Cookies and many baked goods are trigger foods for me. I try not to keep much if any in the house. I have been experimenting with homemade healthier cookies though. Some good results over christmas, but it can still be tough when you have a whole batch just sitting there. Even healthified cookies aren't going to be good for you by the dozen.
    1869 days ago
    I like almonettes if I want a full on cookie. I nibble around the iced part to make it last longer.

    Also for small adjustable portions I like Annie's Bunny Grahams. They are like a tiny animal cracker and come in cinnamon, chocolate chip, and chocolate versions (at least). They are usually with the organic stuff at my store. A serving of 28 cookies (they are like an inch across but its still a lot! ) is only 140 calories, but for a cookie fix I can just grab 5-10 and not be in bad shape. I have also used them to add to air popped cinnamon popcorn for a sweet munchie treat with more volume.
    1869 days ago
    1. Ginger Snaps

    2. Salerno Butter Cookies

    3. PECAN SANDIES -- there -- I said it! LOL

    4. Fig Newtons

    All those nominations put forth, I don't keep these in the house anyway -- for me, it's just as the questions posed -- could be one cookie away from a binge!
    1869 days ago
    Graham crackers don't cut it, but that is the whole point! If you have something that does cut it, then you want to eat it, maybe all of it. Along those lines, 'Nilla wafers aren't so hot either but maybe just a little sweeter. I have been tryig to train myself to go for grapes or someother smalll, easy to grab fruit instead of a cookie.
    Good luck with your search!

    1869 days ago
    How about Fig Newtons? They're good, but not terribly decadent. Good luck... I'm not safe around any cookies!
    1869 days ago
  • KMM1123
    Thanks, now I've got a hankerin' for some ginger snaps (my own nomination for a solid cookie choice) and more My Little Pony videos.

    No joke - when I was little, I was friends with a girl simply because she had an awesome collection of My Little Pony dolls. It's just wrong what a seven year old me would do to further my imaginative play sessions...
    1870 days ago
    Homemade ones are the best!
    1870 days ago
    1870 days ago
    Tat is the question. What can we eat w/out slipping into a complete binge.
    1870 days ago
    Um, I friggin' love cookies.
    1870 days ago
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