Sit. Stay. Cook.

Cook to live. Live to cook.

Working at a university has its ups and downs. The downside is that every August and September, we get ridiculously, insanely busy. It’s not completely a downside, though – being busy can be really rewarding. Not to mention, it makes the day fly by.

Keeping on the healthy track is both easier and harder when I’m nutso-busy. Easier, because I don’t have time to eat anything but lunch. Harder, because people tend to bring in treats to appease the troops when we’re under intense fire.

Today, I was the bearer of temptation. I brought these:

Monster cookies for cookie monsters.

Do not adjust your screen – that is a seriously big cookie. A quarter cup worth of cookie. A monster cookie, if you will. And I made 24 of them, then ate two (one yesterday, one today).

I got the recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I love love love America’s Test Kitchen, and plan on picking up their Healthy Family Cookbook when it comes out in October.

I was jonesing to bake something, and decided that I would share whatever I made with my office. This opened up possibilities that I wouldn’t have had if I was planning on keeping the cookies to myself. Possibilities like butter. Possibilities like chocolate chips. Possibilities like making enormous cookies.

Check out the cookbook for the recipe – it’s worth it for that one, and dozens and dozens more.

I’m pretty proud of myself for only having eaten two of these things. Then again, I don’t think I could have put more than two in my belly. Did I mention they were huge?


I found some whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies in the freezer that I made a while back. To salvage my healthy reputation, I’ll probably bring those to the office on Wednesday.

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