Thursday, May 11, 2006

Nemesis


These are the cookies. These are the cookies that turn me from an otherwise sensible eater into a sugar high delirium spiraling into a rampage of cookie consumption. Okay, that may be slightly dramatized, but not much. I have made them twice already this week. That means that for at least 3 or 4 days my diet has been largely comprised of these cookies. They are my nemesis. As far as I am concerned, their best attribute is also their worst: They are only 1 point each. This is great for a diet treat, unless you eat all 36 in a short period of time, as I do. I don't think I would be as tempted to eat so many of them if they were say, 5 points each. (Although I wouldn't quote me on that...) It's easy to eat so many when they are so 'point-worthy'. (Again, a couple may be 'point-worthy', I don't think all 36 can make that same claim-) Another great thing about them- they are so easy! Just so all of you can join in my cookie-eating craze, I am going to give you the secret formula. Okay, it's not really secret, Michelle told me. Apparently she doesn't have the same self-control issues, as I don't believe she has ever confessed to eating them all in a day. Here it is, but follow at your own risk: You may develop a nemesis, as I have. The adversary comes in many forms.
Mix 1 box of Spice Cake Mix with approximately 14 oz. canned Pumpkin. (Not Pumpkin Pie mix, just straight pumpkin.) it works best if you use a mixer instead of doing it by hand. Mix in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. (I was tempted to use a whole cup, but it's really not necessary, I swear.) Drop level Tablespoons and bake at 350. I bake mine for 13 minutes, but I think Shell said 9, so somewhere between them. I have a little ice cream scoop type- cookie scooper that I *love*! It drops them in even T measurements so I truly get 36 cookies each time, plus ample licking of the bowl and spoon. Yum.
note: In my family we hardly *ever* use a mix for anything, but I make an exception in this case. It's worth it. Also, I'm not typically a huge fan of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies, but oh boy. These are different.
Another note: In an attempt to curb my snacking I initially put these in the freezer, thinking at least it would take some thought into eating them. I'd have to make sure I was really hungry for one, wait for it to thaw etc. (I have used this tactic many times...) But apparently I like them even more frozen so it didn't work. It never works. I don't know why I keep trying it.

8 comments:

Hannah said...

I have made these cookies and agree that the 1 point thing makes me eat more of them. I just don't buy the stuff to make them because I know what will happen...it is inevitable after all that if we are in the same house all day long they will be eaten. Maybe budget them in your food menu once a month or so???

rmt said...

I'm cracking up right now, mostly because I could plagiarize your post, put my name on it, and it would still be true! I thought for sure if I froze them right away I would be able to show some self control, but alas, not the case. It seemed like such a good idea at the time, though.

Amie said...

I will have to try these. Your post made me laugh. I love having someone so real document "my" thoughts!

Robin said...

"These are the cookies that turn me from an otherwise sensible eater into a sugar high delirium spiraling into a rampage of cookie consumption."

Brilliant. Holy crap, that cracked me up so hard.

michelle said...

Too funny. I have never used the mixer on these, if it's better I'll have to give it a try. I've also never tried freezing them, althought I really don't want to like them any more than I already do... strange that I love these when I can easily pass up other pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies.

Alison said...

I've never even heard of chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, and I almost CRIED WITH JOY reading about them. I am totally going to try this recipe. I've never made a baked good before in my life! (I'm serious) But those look awesome. Also, the birthday scrapbook for your daughter looks amazing! I just bought my first scrapbook for my college pictures and the great things you've done are inspiring!

Jill said...

I love reading about your cookie woes, and it cracks me to picture you in negotiations with yourself about eating them.

Funnily enough, these would not be tempting to me in the least. I'm not keen on pumpkin or spice-type baked goods so I could have my cupboards covered in these and wouldn't even want a bite. But if they were regular chocolate-chip or those yummy toffee kind Michelle makes that would be another story (and those would not be 1 point each).

dpw said...

I'll have to take your word on the delectability factor of these cookies--they sound okay, but I'll have to be sold on them. I've tried the freezing detriment plan for baked goods and all I've found is that I really like frozen cookies and cake. Bummer.

I stocked up on diet Jello in anticipation of your arrival, however, I was wondering if maybe we'll have to have a celebratory homemade donut night--even though it's not Conference, and certainly not a low-point option. You and Michelle decide!

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