Yes, I’m a wellness expert who speaks about staying energized, healthy, and sane…but I do love cookies. And, this past weekend, while on a Sunday drive, John and I discoverd a deli market called Marche Burette that had some of the biggest cookies I’ve ever seen. So, we bought a couple. We shared most of the peanut butter cookie. And then took the chocolate chunk cookie home for another day. Have you ever wondered how many calories in big cookies? You know, the ones in work cafeteria or the local deli.
When I got home, just for giggles (and research purposes), I put the cookie on my kitchen scale and found that it weighed 9.8 ounces!! OMG! That’s three times bigger than the cookies at Panera Bread! Since this place wasn’t a restaurant chain there wasn’t any nutrition information on the packaging. But, I already knew how many calories were in it. Do you want to guess?
How do I know how many calories are in big cookies? I’ve been writing (and researching) about eating healthy in restaurants since the early 1990’s. I wrote one of the first books ever – Dining Lean and then later, Eat Out Healthy. I started writing about this topic long before there was nutrition information on the menu. And, that’s when, after a lot of recipe analysis, I discovered that all cookies, because of their basic flour/sugar/butter ratio (and regardless of whether it was oatmeal or chocolate chunk) pretty much had the same number of calories per ounce. And, that’s 125-135 calories. So, I pulled out my calculator and discovered that huge cookie had around 1300 calories!
Have you ever wondered how many calories are in your favorite cafeteria/restaurant/gift shop? Go ahead, use the postage scale at work or your kitchen scale at home…or take it to the post office to use the scale by the self-serve area. Then send me an email and let me know if those calories are worth it. BTW I definately found the calories of the big cookie worth it…at least this once. I don’t think I’ll be back there anytime soon.