Holiday cookies! Oh my! There really isn’t anything at all like them. The various designs, decorated tops, flavor and texture varieties all are inviting. If you are a cookie bandit or cookie monster most batches of cookies can be irresistible. It is difficult not to grab one after another without thinking about.
This is especially true if there is a plate of cookies on the table where you are sitting. You may be reading a book or watching a movie. Being so engrossed in what you are doing and not realizing you are grabbing cookie after cookie until you see the empty plate in front of you.
A simple way to prevent cookie binges or at least limiting the amount of cookies you consume in a certain time period is quite easy to master.
Knowing that a whole batch of cookies doesn’t stand a chance here is what you can do. The next time you want to bake cookies prepare the cookie dough as usual. Then split the dough into four dough balls. Wrap three dough balls in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight bag or container. Place a label with the type of dough it is and the date it was made. Then immediately stick it in the freezer.
Bake the one ball of dough that was left out. Now you can have some cookies without over doing it. Then when you are in the mood for cookies again the dough is already made. Just pull one dough ball out of the freezer and bake them.
This will satisfy that cookie binge urge without feeling stuffed from eating a whole batch of cookies.
Using this technique is great when you have little ones in the house. Making cookies for them as a treat is great. You monitor their cookie intake by feeding them cookies in moderation. It is easy to do if you aren’t the one being watched. We do tend to be more careful with others then we are of ourselves.
Now when the little ones want cookies after school or over the weekend you can bake some without having to go though the whole process of mixing ingredients before baking the cookies. There won’t be as many so there isn’t any worry about anyone sneaking into the cookie jar, and that includes you too.
Cookies are great in moderation. Now you can enjoy baking without over-indulging as the cookie bandit.
Happy baking in moderation!
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