For the past two weeks, Baby J. has woken up and requested juice and a cookie. This has been a very interesting request since we don’t have cookies – aside from tea biscuits – in the house. The juice request has been happening since September, when we moved into my in-laws for all the Jewish holidays and Baby J. had gallons and gallons (ok, more like cups and cups) of orange and apple juice a day. Before September, she was used to drinking just plain water. Sigh. I’m still kicking myself for giving in and letting her have juice, water is just so much healthier for her.
Anyway, I am not opposed to giving her cookies. Granted, I’d much prefer she eat some real breakfast before she has her cookies, but I’m not a tyrant that way. Given that she’s only 25% weight and 50% height, I don’t mind her having a cookie or two. There was a point in her life when she slipped below 10% weight and I would have gladly handed her a pound of cookies and let her go to town. Fortunately, we discovered the reason for her weight loss was because she was allergic to milk and all dairy products, and here I was feeding her cheese and yogurts multiple times a day!
So, now that she’s back to normal weight, I do what I can to feed her nutritious, balanced meals. She gets two meals and two snacks a day at day care, and since this is Israel, she gets a really hearty and warm meat meal for lunch. We’ve since adopted the Mediterranean way of eating and eat large, meat meals for lunch and lighter, dairy/non-dairy meals for dinner. But, I’ll admit, I struggle with finding new and exciting ways to feed her dinner. It seems like I just keep striking out, day in and day out, when I try so hard.
But I digress, this post is about my little cookie monster and the cookies I will now attempt to bake for her. So, I love to cook and I love to bake. I read a ton of baking blogs, cookbooks and magazines. I always have flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in abundance in my fridge and pantries. I can whip up some killer snowdrop brownies, a delicious carrot cake and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in no time.
There is nothing more delicious than a soft, buttery, sugar cookie with sweet and sometimes slightly bitter frosting on top. And those eye catching colorful sprinkles that just reminds you of your childhood, and your Mom putting sprinkles on just about any birthday or special occassion cake/cookies.
And so, today’s quest (between working for my three clients, fielding multiple conference calls, and having to cook dinner for DH that includes chicken meatloaf and some homemade whole wheat pasta) is to find the perfect sugar cookie recipe, make the dough, chill it in the fridge, figure out how the heck to use the rolling pin DH bought for me last year, and have them decorated and cooled by the time Baby J. comes home from daycare.
I’m gonna need a cookie monster miracle to get that done!
Wish me luck!!
Comment below if you want me to share any of the baking recipes references above. I hope to add my favorite baking blogs to my blogroll shortly!
OK, so it’s not like Lofthouse and I didn’t even both to try icing, but I made Baby J. some sugar cookies with chocolate chips and sprinkles. These were made with love. I hope she likes them (I’ve already eaten 3!!)
Here’s hoping she likes them!!