I have what can only be described as the world’s most aggressive sweet tooth. Like, I know you think you like desserts, but I would gold medal AND smash the world record in brownie eating if it were an Olympic sport.
I see people stopping at one cookie or one slice of pie or one piece of cheesecake, and honestly, I am dumbfounded, confused, and a little offended by their lack of commitment to the cause. My brain and body just aren’t programmed to moderate sugar intake like that. Just like I wasn’t programmed to have blue eyes or keep my desk clean. It’s part of who I am, and I’ve accepted it.
So as I made the transition to eating a healthier diet, I had to learn a very important lesson in regards to sweets: I had to feed the alligator. That’s a saying my Dad has—feed the alligator—basically, if you repress a desire/wish/need long enough, chances are, it’s going to eventually bubble over, and you’ll overcompensate for delaying gratification for so long.
To keep an alligator from eating you, you have to feed it something. To keep my sweet tooth alligator from overwhelming me with an entire chocolate cake, I have to feed it a slice of chocolate cake. Or in this case a Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookie.
So, it’s with recipes like these Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes or Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies that I feed the alligator. I get awesome, homemade cookies that keep the sweet tooth alligator at bay (and I get to bake with my adorable kid), and I only get about eight cookies. They don’t make it through the day, and that’s exactly the way I like it. The kid gets one cookie (any more and she’ll be up until Tuesday). My husband gets three. And I get four. Because, alligator.