We've all at one time or another bought those premade cookie dough packages. There are so many different brands and combinations of cookie dough, it's tempting to just grab one on your way past the yogurt section.
By the way, how convenient for the cookie dough to be right next to the yogurt. They know we'll buy yogurt for our kids. They know the psychology behind justifying a cookie dough purchase because we have yogurt in our cart.
I think we should stop buying the cookie dough.
No, not because it's insanely unhealthy and fatty and not on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
Not because it's the lazy way to make a batch of cookies either. I mean, who doesn't love to just "tear and bake" cookies?! It's a lovely invention, really.
The truth is, when we constantly cut corners in our kitchens, we aren't giving our families the best.
I won't even expound on the truth behind prepackaged items and frozen meals. But, consider the cut corners and how we are missing out on giving our families meals prepared with love. Meals that were well thought out; the precious time that was taken to make that pot pie, that casserole, or that incredible batch of gooey chocolate chip cookies.
One of my most prized possessions is that recipe card. It's my late grandmothers recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I've made these cookies probably over 200 times since we married ten years ago. I used to make it exactly as written. I've burned several batches, especially in the early days. I've dug countless rogue eggshells out of the batter. One time I misread and put too much baking soda and not enough sugar. (Talk about disgusting). I've since modified the recipe to what I feel is a level of cookie perfection.
The point is, we need to get back to what a kitchen used to be. A kitchen full of fresh smells (not artificial Yankee Candle smells), flour-covered countertops, and a sink full of dirty pot and pans. We need to enjoy our children in our kitchens. We need to show them how to cook, bake, measure, crack an egg, boil water, clean up, and do it all over again several hours later. We need to share recipes with them, teach them how to follow directions, and to always be mindful of hot burners and ovens.
We can't always be the perfect homemakers. Thank goodness for shortcut meals and packaged cookie dough during these times. But, we can be mindful to do what we can to make homemade goodness with love for our families.
Besides, tear and bake cookies can't even compete with the taste of the ones that make your kitchen a mess.