In so much as we say we will indulge our grands with anything they want, secretly we have limits. A pony? Sure! New shoes that their parents said are too pricey? Sure! Any book they want? Why, yes indeed!
Sugar, not so much.
Luckily for us, their parents are well-educated and informed. They know that sugar on little bodies is not a good thing. Sugar on little people makes parenting so much tougher.
Sugar causes inflammation. Sugar suppresses the immune system, a weak immune system is trouble. Sugar generates alertness, making bedtime difficult. On and on the list goes as to why we should all be serious about leaving out sugar.
My job? My job as Grandma Daleen is to love them and I show that by listening to them, sewing for them & baking treats and goodies for them.
One trick to being a good grandma is to indulge my little darlings without upsetting the parental apple cart. We think our grands are being raised extremely well. So proud of our adult children. We would like to respect their desire to raise healthy, well-adjusted young people.
However, I still want to bake fun, happy, silly treats for our grands. I think, just maybe, I figured out a wonderful solution.
I found a new cookie cutter, several actually. I only bought one to try. I loved the idea of controlling the ingredients, yet making the impression so deep on the cookie that no frosting is needed. Thus cutting down on sugar, yet still having a fun treat.
I searched for a recipe that wouldn’t spread too much. I didn’t want the shape of the cookie to get distorted. I played with the amount of sugar, so I used less. I must say this recipe turned out perfect, perfect, perfect for these types of cookies. Oh wait, maybe that is why they are called, “Simply Perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookies”?
The flavor is mild. The dough turned out smooth and held its shape perfect.
This practice batch of frogs is for Mr. Right’s 80-year-old chess teacher. Chess teachers love chocolate frogs, right?
PS. Oh, you KNOW I am going back to buy all the animal cookie shapes!!!! Grands NEED homemade animal cookies!!!!