Cookie Portion Control… Participant Entry!

When I went in for overtime Saturday morning, I had a pleasant little surprise in my email… ZRG was nice enough to pass along a suggestion for a post! Who doesn’t love cookie dough cookies? I don’t know of anyone foolish enough to dislike cookies. So, here’s a helpful hint for those of you who like to bake!

P.S. I have tried this before, or at least something similar. I put cookie dough balls on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour and then dump them all in a big ziploc bag. The big difference is that I would NEVER contaminate cookies with something as disgusting as raisins, destroyers of anything they touch. (Wait, is that not a fact? You think that’s just my opinion? Ohhhhh…. Well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one!)

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Copied DIRECTLY from ZRG’s email. 

So, you like to bake – but you have a problem. Yes, I know that problem well.

You bake a couple dozen cookies and then they stare at you from wherever you have put them. Haunting you…… Just one more, you say, as you eat two more.

I have this rule about baked goods that I only eat ones that I have baked (or that someone I know has baked). These keeps me from eating stale, terrible, supermarket cookies when I see them.

This rule has helped me drop some unnecessary pounds and now I savor my baked goods. BUT, if I have them around I can’t stop eating them.

So, with the help of a reader’s comment, I came up with this handy method of having my cookies without overindulging. Check this out:

I put my finished oatmeal raisin cookie dough into an ice cube tray! And, then I froze them and dumped them out into a freezer bag. Now if I want a fresh baked cookie, I heat up my oven, get out a baking sheet, and bake a reasonable number for my family.

This would be even better if I had a toaster oven because I wouldn’t have to heat my whole oven for such a small load.

I put on my apron when my children get off the school bus and pretend I have been baking all afternoon. Take that – Martha Stewart!! HA! I look like super mom as I serve them fresh baked cookies.

I need a cape (and some cool tights and maybe a pair of kickin’ leather boots).

Try this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe – it is super delicious and fast to make.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

(makes 20 cookies)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup raisins

Soften butter in microwave (or leave out of the fridge if you remember). Mix butter, sugar, and egg in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Place cookies in ice cube tray and freeze (about 5 hours). When frozen, take out of tray and put in freezer bag.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place frozen cookie on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Enjoy!

For one cookie = 73 calories, 2.9 g fat, 10.6 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 0.7 g fiber, 21 mg sodium, 2 PointsPlus

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