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Christmas Cookies

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thanks to what I've learned here and the 15 pounds I've lost since January, I am limiting my annual cookie baking to only a few batches. (Yes, my husband is pouting.) Tonite is our annual Christmas party so last night I baked a batch of oatmeal scotchies. During the course of my baking I ate at least 4. You know, the ones that break as you take them off the sheet. Or the ones that are a little too crisp around the edges. You can't very well serve those to guests.

At least that's what I tell myself.

I don't know how professional bakers don't end up weighing about 500 pounds, though from the looks of things, most of them do have weight issues. If I possessed a stronger character, I might not pinch a bite of dough off the edge of the bowl with every sheet that goes into the oven. Or I would throw away the broken ones or feed them to the dogs.

Do people actually do that?

If anyone has any advice about how not to eat a half dozen cookies during a baking session, I would appreciate hearing about it. Please don't suggest low-cal alternatives. I tried the Spark eggnog recipe. What a disappointment. Wasn't even worth the 80 calories. I'd rather have one honest-to-goodness Christmas cookie than 5 bland ones.

The key is stopping myself at one.

I've spoiled my husband's coworkers. They are already asking about the tray of cookies I've sent in every year before I joined SparkPeople. I love to bake, and I don't want to disappoint. Nor do I want one of you standing over my shoulder with a wooden spoon, ready to crack my knuckles if I sneak a taste. I do live in the "real" world.

What's a woman to do? It's that time of year, so I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it. Like my sister, the Weight Watchers advocate chants, "Food isn't your enemy, Teresa. It's all about moderation."

Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's hard to do with the scent of baking cookies filling the kitchen.

Peace and love to all, and a blessed and beautiful Christmas season.
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  • no profile photo CD3343212
    One or two cookies does not a Diet crumble! Hang in there & maybe try finding a healthier version of your baking choices & if all else fails & you imbibe- work your fanny off! Burn those extra calories. emoticon
    4588 days ago
  • TERESASLACK
    I sent a plate of cookies to work with DH last night. He came home this morning and said all the guys were disappointed in the small amount I sent compared to most years. They offered to buy me a bag of flour and some peanut butter if times were hard. They arent' being very helpful in this new healthier, leaner lifestyle.
    4615 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    cookies are one of my downfalls so I could not bake and not eat..they are just too good... when you figure out how to do it let us all know...hugs, Bonnie
    4616 days ago
  • MISSYA72
    Teresa for years I have baked Christmas cookies, so that between Thanksgiving and Christmas I took a different type of cookie to work everyday! Everyday!!!! Ok, this year I am down to a couple of times a week. But I love to bake, and my thinking was that they won't be at the house, but at work. I haven't eaten nearly as many, but like you, my dh is complaining. He wants cookies too. So....next weekend they are all for him!!

    Happy holidays!
    4617 days ago
  • VICKY777
    Thanks for being real I have stopped making cookies for that reason alone.
    I liked the idea to chew gum also agreeing withyourself you will stop at
    two.Your making memories and you should keep christmas traditions.
    4617 days ago
  • RAVON27
    You can chew gum while you bake and tell yourself that after you are done baking you will sit down and relax and have a certain amount of cookies after you put all the others away. I use to work at a job that I had to bake cookies and I would have 1 every shift. After awhile I couldn't stand them. Good Luck with everything and have a happy and healthy Christmas.
    4617 days ago
  • THECITYMOUSE
    It's funny....I wrote about wolffing down two freshly baked Snickerdoodles just a few days ago....and how I baked another four dozen on Thursday and didn't touch any so Maj could take them to school and share them with her English class.

    I'm not big on deprivation .... and I'm not going to pull a food Nazi on you and pop you with that peripheral wooden spoon. I will say, however, that everything in moderation is key. Or perhaps allow yourself "X" amount of bites of certain delicacies. I do not advocate "diet foods" .... I hate to say it out loud, but dangit real butter tastes better in .... well, everything, and cookies are no exception.

    Allocate yourself a cheat day, one day a week when you eat without any sort of guilt or deprivation vibes....because sometimes those vibes can really get the best of a girl.
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    4617 days ago
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