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Cookies are my Kryptonite

November 25th, 2009

I was at the drugstore today, buying the various sundries you get at the local Wallgreens. In the process of wandering around the store, I passed many cool and interesting things that would be fun to have, but I proved my willpower and passed.

“Naw, I don’t need a Snuggie”

“Look! A Clapper!”

“Hey! It’s a Chia Obama!!”

Having collected just the things I came for, I approached the counter to pay my bill.

“Wanna cookie?”, the cashier greeted me with a smile on her face, while showing me a box full of monster sized cookies.

“Do you have two?” was my immediate and unconscious response. Not only did it require no thought, I even automatically bought one for my roommate.

It was at this moment that I realized that cookies are my Kryptonite.

I mentioned this to my friend Tim at lunch. There were no questions or recrimination. Why was I surprised that I was tempted by this tasty treat? We immediately began a discussion about cookies, and started to plan an immediate trip to the supermarket to purchase cookie fixings.

Clearly, cookies are Tim’s Kryptonite as well.

Obviously, chocolate chip cookies are on my favorites list, but its not alone in it’s ability to bring a smile. And like the old axiom, “There’s no such thing as bad pizza. Even when its bad, its usually pretty good”, you could easily replace “Pizza” with “Cookies” without much argument.

There’s a tasty sandwich chain called Panera that differentiates itself from the Subways and Quiznoes of the world by the quality of its baked goods. You generally go there because the bread is so good.

The last time I was there, I ordered my sandwich and drink and was ready to pay my bill.

“Wanna try one of our new Toffee Nut cookies”?

“Of course!”

Yes, I think I’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dog. Ring the bell, make the dog salivate. Offer me a cookie and I’ll always say “Yes!”

One has to wonder if state secrets have ever been purchased with baked goods.

In parallel to the entire “What type of pizza is best” debate (The answer is thick crust, of course) is the “How do you like your cookies?” debate. But unlike the pizza, there is no clear answer to the Crispy/Chewy debate with cookies.

I think it’s contextual.

Planning to dunk it in milk? You need a crispy cookie!

Want to eat it fresh from the oven? Soft and chewy of course! I can’t wait for an hour for these puppies to cool down. What are you thinking? If its crispy coming out of the oven, its burnt.

The problematic part about cookies (What? How can something so yummy be problematic? Wait for it…) is related to the inability to say no to a cookie. If one cookie is good, obviously two is better.

There is no such thing as self-control in the face of cookies.

You know that social contract where you leave the last item of something for someone else? “No, you have the last hot wing”. “That last piece of pizza is yours.” This contract does not apply to cookies.

The only question that comes to mind with the last cookie is: “How long do I have to ignore the last cookie before it’s socially acceptable to grab it?”

I’m beginning to think that it’s good that I don’t know state secrets. All it would take would be a plate of peanut butter cookies, and you could ask me anything you like.

That’s not true. I’d also need a glass of milk. 🙂

2 Responses to “Cookies are my Kryptonite”

  1. steph Says:

    BTW- The Forgotten Cookie recipe that I sent you? They will be “crispy” coming out of the oven and in no way burnt.

  2. BC Says:

    Of course, there is one surefire way to avoid the conundrum of how long to wait for the cookies to cool… Don’t cook them! Nothing beats raw homemade chocolate chip cookie dough!

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