Cookie Conundrum

Cookies, Cookies
Yum, Yum, Yum
Cookies, Cookies
In My Tum

This is the little impromptu ditty I sang whilst returning from Trader Joe’s (a grocery store I frequent for gluten free provisions). Why was I so excited about cookies? I had discovered a new gluten free item at my local T.J.’s: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. Hot diggity dog, they are just like toll house slice and bake! Well, except for the fact that you get 12 measly cookies for $3.79. But, who cares about the price, I was stoked that I did not have to slave in the kitchen utilizing 26 types of flours in order to enjoy a tasty treat.

With great anticipation I fired up our (neglected) oven and popped in these peanut butter perfections. To up the “yum factor” even higher, I squashed a few mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and dark chocolate chips in some of the cookies. Dude, I was excited…

The cookies smelled wonderful as they cooled on the counter. Like a “real” peanut butter cookie. I tentatively took a bite and it was pure heaven. Quickly finishing the first cookie, I started on a second. I must have blacked out for a few minutes because I suddenly realized I had eaten four cookies.

Four cookies is no big deal, right?

This is where my story turns bad. Calorie counters please turn away from the screen. What I am about to share is truly dreadful. While still chewing cookie number four, I casually reached for the empty cookie carton and glanced at the nutritional information. I was speechless.

One Small Cookie = 200 calories and 12 grams of fat

Even more shocking was that In less than five minutes I had consumed 800 calories and 48 grams of fat. Oh. My. God.

Not knowing what to do (it was too late to spit out cookie number four) and feeling my clothes get tighter as I stood there, I bagged up the remaining cookies and froze them. Maybe I could eat just half of one cookie at a time?

That’s just wrong on so many levels!  Curse you Trader Joe’s for listening to my gluten free requests, but making it calorically inedible.

Ah, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. All in a matter of minutes.

8 Replies to “Cookie Conundrum”

  1. The same thing recently happened to me when a friend bought me the GF Foods By George brownies. I think I had three hefty-sized brownies in about 20 minutes. It was probably nearly as many calories as your cookies, but so darn good. We suffer enough with bland gf foods that the occasional splurge shouldn’t be too bad!

  2. Ha ha! Been there! That’s one of the reasons I’ve been sticking to cobblers to satisfy my sweet tooth. Sure, there’s a little sugar on top, but I make deep dish cobblers that are mostly fruit.

    Sugar was like a drug in my pre-gluten-free days. I was truly addicted. Not so much now.

    Step away from the cookies! Wrap them individually before freezing and ration them out. You can beat this!

  3. That was 200 calories and 12g fat per cookie minus the peanut butter cups and extra chocolate chips you added. Oops, should I have not mentioned this?! Cookies that good have to be worth running the extra mile on the treadmill – right?

  4. Ha Ha! I am hooked on these little gluten free vanilla biscotti but I am afraid to look at the calories.

  5. Love the blog/website. Need to pass it on to a friend who just found out she was allergic to gluten. Life changed when she found that out, but is doing better now that she knows how to eat, what to put on her skin,etc.
    Good luck! Maybe I will catch you on twitter!
    http://www.twitter.com/tarastorch

  6. LOL! That’s how I gained 3 pounds while in California this year. I was so good as far as healthy eating, but then stopped in Trader Joe’s. Our local TJ’s doesn’t carrie these, so of course I had to buy them. I cooked them in my toaster oven in my hotel room. They are good!

  7. I tried these cookies, too. I wasn’t very thilled with them, though. I thought they were a bit on the boring side. Your idea to smash up reese’s peanut butter cups is fabulous! I ended up eating maybe one or two then threw them away. After hearing how bad for you they are, I am glad I did!

    I love your blog, by the way!

  8. I bought these and they’re sitting in my freezer just waiting for a day when I’ve lost 5 pounds and can treat myself. I may be waiting awhile. : )

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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