It all started this morning at 8am in the mall. I had some time to kill so I wandered in before my appointments. I've always enjoyed the quiet ambiance of the mall with a handful of seniors walking their laps before the stores open. I was looking for a comfortable bench that overlooked the ice skating rink (there was an early morning training session that was fun to watch). As I walked through the mall, I passed a row of decadent sweet shops: the caramel corn shop, Cinnabon, the homemade pretzel shop and Mrs. Fields cookies. As I walked, I almost ran into a giant sign that stood in the middle of the walkway. I wasn't paying attention--I was craving the aromas of Cinnabon and freshly baked cookies.
As I looked up at the sign in front of me, I read it and gasped out loud. I wished someone was there with me to share in the experience. I really took it to heart in light of my no-sugar year. The sign was bordered with pictures of chocolate chip cookies and the huge words in the middle said,
"A COOKIE A DAY KEEPS REALITY AWAY".
Someone has blatantly tapped into the psychology of why we eat cookies and is now using that secret to show us that it's okay. Later on in my day, I parallel parked downtown and decided to eat my lunch in my car. As I sat there eating cheese, a hard-boiled egg and almonds, a semi-truck drove slowly by and I watched it drive away staring at the quote on the back of the truck. In gigantic block letters, I read, "PLEASE PASS THE COOKIES!" I wish.
In honor of my day today, I am going to post this delicious cookie recipe.
Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies
1 ½ C. flour
¾ C. butter
¼ C. honey
* Combine flour and butter in food processor (or mixer) until fine. Drizzle in honey while pulsing until mixture pulls together. Roll out and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 300 for 10-15 minutes. So good, you’ll never want to eat another cut-out cookie with sugar again! You can also add a flavor extract. Be creative! Almond extract, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon etc.