I’m here to tell you that’s in no way the case.
Yes, I absolutely love homemade cookies. If I have a choice of a homemade oatmeal cookie or a store bought chocolate chip cookie, homemade will win every single time, yessiree. Different if I have a choice of a homemade oatmeal and a homemade chocolate chip, though! Chocolate trumps (no political statement in not capitalizing that word) oatmeal every day.
Among my store bought preferences are a wide range of cookies and just to prove to you that I really am no snob, here are some of those preferences:
And to really ramp up the hate on Nabisco, now there’s an Oreo Thin! Why on earth did they make the thin? Just to tempt me more because it actually tastes better? They should be fined for that.
It just occurred to me that I have no idea why I’m telling you all of this! How stupid am I? I really need you to not judge, ok? To continue with my disclosure: Hello, my name is Diana and I am addicted to cookies- no joke intended.
Store bought cookie I most feel justified in eating: What I mean is, the cookie I love that I can most easily convince myself is good for me: Fig Newtons. I LOVE Fig Newtons. Why, I have no idea. Maybe the combination of sort of soft outside and chewy inside. Maybe the flavor contrast. Or it could be the feeling, though incorrect, that they’re good for me because they have fruit. Maybe because it’s one of the few store bought cookies I had growing up. Do you think I’m reliving my youth when I eat one? Maybe.
Speaking of reliving my youth, the store bought cookie that makes me feel like a kid: Frosted animal cookies are my next favorite. I can chow down on a huge bag of them in no time flat! They are sweet, crunchy and self-indulgent and I love them. They’re my favorite color, pink. (Sometimes I don’t even eat the white ones!) And they have little decorative balls on them that also crunch and I can feel them in my teeth and mouth. (Yes, I do like that sensation!). Plus, I can guess the animal. And no, I can’t always tell for certain, but I love animals as much as cookies so you can see that this one hits on double barrels.
When I need a protein fix, my favorite store bought cookie: You see, I’m a vegetarian, and I have to work to get a well-balanced diet of amino acids and enough protein to keep me satisfied. That’s why I sometimes snack on Nutter Butters! After all, they (that “they”) tell us nuts are healthy, and peanuts have a high protein content. And I like them! I love peanut butter and I love sweet and this cookie has all of those.
Did I hear you say “what a rationalization”? No way, that’s all fact! I know I’m healthier eating these cookies (LOL).
By the way, I do sometimes by boxes of individual serving sizes of my favorite store bought cookies, and I do kid myself that gives me will power.
Ok, let’s get serious for a minute here- at least as serious as Dancing Bees can ever get. I do like these cookies. I’m not kidding you. I also like Mothers Toffee Cookies, Chocolate with mint filling and a number of other cookies.
But bottom line? I really like homemade cookies better. For one thing, they tend to be fresher - although my husband loves them even when they’re not optimally fresh. Also, they often have fewer additives or preservatives, although that can vary depending on the ingredients used.
None of the cookies we’ve discussed today or other days are actually healthy meaning that they should not be a frequent part of your daily diet, whether or not they’re homemade. They’re not contributing much in terms of vitamins, minerals or proteins. They’re also not usually low in calories.
But throughout human history, food has been a huge part of our social lives, our celebrations, our rituals and our stories. We share food with people we like. We “break bread” together. And we mark special occasions with special foods.
To me cookies are in that special category. I most appreciate them when I’m sitting down with friends or family, catching up with each other or celebrating an accomplishment and the cookie is part of that togetherness. It’s also most special to me when I make them for someone else’s special event or celebration. It's really a special moment for me when I hand a package of cookies to someone else because they'll enjoy them. No better thing in life than 'upping' someone else's happiness quota!
So as I continue blogging about cookies, my intent is to share stories with you because I love the stories of daily life as much as I love cookies. I would love those of you in Northern Nevada to order cookies from me!
But I don’t want to eat too many cookies any day and I am not urging you to either. I am urging you to enjoy the cookie stories and to think about using cookies for your celebrations (even if they’re not from Dancing Bee Baking) because I think we don’t give cookies enough credit.
And now I’ll jump down from my soap box and eat a cookie!
Be well and celebrate life!
Note: The images in this post are free-images taken from the web. I didn’t actually think it was safe for me to have all these cookies in the house for photography, since I’d eat them!