Requiem for the “Healthy” Cookie

I’m sure there are healthy and tasty cookie recipes out there somewhere. But Fix Me A Snack has come to an exectutive decision that there will be no more cookies here.

Every six months or so I decide I need to make a cookie that is yummy and has some redeeming nutritional qualities. And every time the process is fraught with disappointment. Sometimes I just need a sugar hit. Biting into something that looks like a cookie, but does not deliver the goods is cruel. I will no longer do this to myself or my children.

Here’s a picture of the results of the latest round of experiments: Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies.

Looks yummy, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled. Save yourself for the real thing. And by real I mean loaded with sugar and butter.

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Cindy

Born in Charleston. Raised in the Silicon Valley. Live near Hartford, Connecticut with my husband and two children. We have lots of tropical fish.

15 thoughts on “Requiem for the “Healthy” Cookie”

  1. Yeah, those do LOOK good! I need sugar in a cookie too. I do sometimes sneak something “healthy” in the cookie (like sweet potato), but deep down, it’s still a soul-satisfying cookie.

  2. Amen, hands off my cookie, health police! I’m all for a low-fat, high anti-oxidant muffin or granola bar, but a cookie by its very nature should be an indulgence. I accidentally ate a Weight Watchers cookie out of my mom’s pantry and it tasted worse than a dog biscuit.

  3. I couldn’t agree more. And totally off the topic. You do some great macro photography for these posts.

    It must just be the blogger geek in me that makes me read a post about bad cookies and think, “Wow, really nice photo.”

    1. I don’t even have a macro lens! I’d love to have one. But I’m a bit paralized by choosing between a fancy flash, some photoshop-like software, or a lens. Blogging is getting expensive!!
      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and the compliment.

  4. Hi Cindy, thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. The I’m a Little Chef cookbook is fabbo – it even has pages conducive to cooking with kids – ie: coated! It’s actually an independent publication put out by an Australian self-publishing company called Little Steps. As a self-published author myself, it’s wonderful to support other self-published works. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!

    Love your site and I’m going to try these cookies! On the healthy cookie front – I also agree that the odd indulgent cookie is a fine thing indeed but if you eat more than, like, a few a week, it might be worth switching to more healthy ones like your suggestions. High-indulgence cookies may taste great but the high levels of salt, sugar, trans fat and preservatives probably typify one of the worst possible foods humans can indulge in regularly (next to donuts).

    Everything in moderation!

    Tania :)
    http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/

  5. Hear hear! Someone asked me recently – “you have a healthy living blog, so why do you have cookie recipes with butter and sugar?” To which I replied “what other kind of cookie recipes ARE there??” If I want flax or kale, I’m not gonna put ’em in my cookies. If I don’t want butter, I won’t eat a cookie. Real butter, real sugar . . . delicious cookies.

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