Welcome to another bandit version of Guilty Pleasures Friday! Taking over my blog today is the amazingly-mostly-glutton-free Kait Nolan. But she has one little guilty pleasure after all… Tell us about it, Kait!
I have a confession to make. When Jess asked me to write a post about my guilty pleasures, I immediately said yes. And then when I sat down to write it…I couldn’t think of a thing. Not that I don’t have pleasures in life—I just don’t consider any of them guilty. I feel like they are all well deserved. I exercise while watching the Food Network instead of going off and making everything I’m drooling over. Reading is NEVER guilty and always well merited. Chocolate is a necessary component of sanity. And my morning cuppa tea is a public service to keep me from going off on a homicidal rampage against the morning people of the world. So where’s the guilty pleasure?
And then I thought of it. The thing I allow myself so seldom expressly because of the guilt (and the calories).
Oh dear God, how I love cookie dough. I have NO RESTRAINT with it. None. It does not ever make it to baked cookies in my house, and I invariably eat obscene amounts of it with a big glass of milk chaser. My answer to this in the past has been simply to never keep one of the ingredients in the house. If I REALLY want cookie dough, I have to want it bad enough to drive all the way into town to the grocery to pick up brown sugar. I rarely want it that bad.
But I’d been pondering for a while about the notion of making a single serving of cookie dough. AllRecipes.com has a nifty calculator where you can adjust recipes to a different quantity of servings. But that one really stumped me because of course all cookie dough recipes have eggs. It is very difficult to have a fractional egg, and Egg Beaters (while eliminating the fear of E-coli—which I admit was never really an issue for me) just aren’t the same.
Enter Pinterest. Another guilty pleasure, now that I think about it. While trolling around on my weekly allotted hour (I have to limit myself or I’ll fritter away scads of time), I came across a recipe for single serve cookie dough. No eggs, no leavening agent. It’s never meant to be baked. It’s all about the flavor of the dough.
I had to try it. And BOY was it worth it! Just the right portion (okay, yeah, I admit, I’ll often make a double batch—but that’s still less than I’d eat if I made regular cookie dough) and a sensible indulgence that won’t totally blow the calorie budget.
Excuse me, I need another glass of milk…
Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you’d want to sweep you off your feet…or eat your boss. When she’s not working or writing, she’s in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots. You can catch up with her at her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.