Eventually I knew that I would give in to the siren call of the cookie dough in the chill cabinets not 50 yards from my bedroom window. It didn’t help that I’d eaten half a Whoopie Cookie earlier in the day (for valid journalistic reasons, I assure you) and my bloody taste buds had got all excited about sugar after a month of near abstinence. Plus I’d been cycling around the city on errands for two hours and was properly hungry. So my reward was a supper of hot, melted chocolate, straight from the oven cookies. Mmmmm.

More embarrassing than giving in to cookies tho is the fact that I bought pre-made cookie dough full of additives and nasties, rather than making it myself. My excuse was simple: I don’t have any store cupboard supplies and as I am leaving in a fortnight it seems silly to buy bags of flour & sugar.

I am always astonished at the serried rows of cake & cookie mix in the supermarkets over here. I think it’s a cultural thing. In the late 1940s & early 1950s when America was being lured by advertisers into the world of pre-made & convenience food, the United Kingdom was still under Second World War rationing, (sugar rationing didn’t end until the end of 1953), and that frugal mindset remained for a long time in British heads. Sure you can buy cake mix in England, but it’s a tiny section in the supermarket, completely overshadowed by the raw ingredients section.

Certainly I have never in my life used a box mix to make anything, be it brownies, pancakes or plain old cake. When a batter is as simple as blending together flour, sugar, eggs and butter why on earth would I need some one to pre-mix that for me? Of course it helps that not only is my mother an extraordinary kitchen goddess, my godmother Rachie is a fearsome good cook too. She gifted me a mini cookery set with a rolling pin inches long when I was about five and I haven’t stopped baking since.

Anyway, my cookie supper was damn good. And so it bloody well should have been: each raw round of cookie dough (see below) is 85 calories a pop. I ate six straight from the oven.

The proof:

The only question that remains is what on earth do I do with the rest of the package?

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When I went to the UK, I was amazed at how tiny the markets were.
It’s sad how huge our grocery stores have become! Haha. Not to mention how huge American’s have become!


Not all Americans bake from boxes, but the vast majority do. Whenever I make brownies (sugar, flour, eggs, chocolate, vanilla), people are shocked at how chocolate-y and good they are compared to those shiny-topped ones you get from a mix. And so easy!


I’m impressed by your near month of abstintence. I’m trying to limit sugar splurges to once a week and have just managed it, apart from one kit kat.
Invite a friend round for tea and the rest of the cookies! Better still, lots of friends!


What I can’t believe is the people who bake something from a mix and claim it was home baked! Technically I suppose they’re correct, but boxed mixes are nowhere near as tasty as scratch.


I think we all deserve to indulge once in a while ;]


Mr C and I shared a Lindt golden bunny last night. A girl can’t go on fasting all the time! Cx


“When a batter is as simple as blending together flour, sugar, eggs and butter why on earth would I need some one to pre-mix that for me” – this thought passes my head everytime i walk past a calton of pancake mix. I dont get it!

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