I made cookies. From scratch. Before you start picturing just plain chocolate chip cookies, remember to include some oatmeal bits in your imagination! That is the type of cookies I make- chocolate chip *oatmeal* cookies. It makes them slightly healthier, right? Adds a little protein, and other healthy thingys. It doesn’t affect the flavor a whole bunch, but I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison either. Feel free to try it yourself and let me know how they compare! ***Make sure both are homemade- comparing store-bought and homemade would be like comparing….um….. something that isn’t very comparable. FYI, I am not good at making up examples.
Pros of homemade–
Warmmmmm Cooooookies………. They are SO good. There are probably some really fancy hoity-toity desserts out there (that all require refrigeration!) that blow chocolate chip cookies out of the water, but a fresh-baked cookie is hard to beat in my book. The warm, slightly crunchy-gooey cookie part, with the hot, melted chocolate chips. Melt in your mouth type. Good luck getting that from ‘Chips Ahoy!’.
Homemade cookies are probably healthier than your average store-bought cookie. AND, you know exactly what you put in them! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I speculate on exactly who or what has touched what I am putting in my mouth….
You can stick them in adorable cookie jars! Not that we have one, I just thought I’d throw that out there. Well, you can do that with store-bought cookies too….maybe this will just be a neutral point. 😉
Cons of homemade–
Fingers are *not* in the recipe, and yet they always find their way into my cookie dough. Mind you, they are not MY fingers…The cookie dough is minding it’s own business in the bowl where I left it, when some passerby decides that warm cookies just can’t come fast enough- so they swipe some dough while I am turned around.
Another con of homemade is that they are hard to stop eating, but the same can be said of store-bought. 😉 Those are the only cons I can think of. Oh! Nope, there is another. It is far more time-consuming to make your own cookies, rather than pick up a package at the grocery store. True dat.
Homemade cookies also don’t come with a container- you have to get your own, and try to fit all the cookies in it properly. Sigh…. And if they don’t all fit, you just have to eat the extras!
Pros of store-bought–
Store-bought cookies still taste good. I’m not shooting down the poor little cookies that were mass-produced. They get plenty of love too. 🙂 I have only one met one type of cookie that I do not enjoy getting acquainted with- oatmeal raisin. Since I make chocolate chip oatmeal, it’s perfectly logical of you to assume that it is the raisin that I discriminate against. You would be right. I do NOT like raisins. Anywhere or anytime. I am an equal-opportunity raisin-disliker. It’s a texture thing.
Another pro is that purchasing cookies, instead of making your own, is potentially cheaper. I’ve never done a comparison. So I don’t know. But it seems like making your own of almost anything costs more. Thanks for encouraging do-it-yourself-ness!
Cons of store-bought–
If you give cookies to someone, it’s a much more personal gift if you make them yourself. Like I said earlier, a cookie is a cookie- most all of them are yummy. But still, it means a little bit more when you can say, “Here, I made these for you!”, rather than “Here, I went to the grocery store and picked these up for you”. I’m having a hard time exactly phrasing the difference, but it’s there…. whatever it is. At least that’s how I’m hoping my brother feels about it when a certain package filled with enough sugary stuff to rot some teeth, gets to Iowa for his birthday…..(Shhh, it’s a surprise!) He is certainly not a picky eater, but it makes me happy to think that he would pick my cookies over a store-bought….especially when they are warm out of the oven. This blog post (#2 so far) is dedicated to him, for his birthday. Just in case cookies aren’t enough. 🙂
Store-bought cookies are all fairly uniform. There are almost always none with more chocolate chips than the others…. This can be a pro sometimes, but it makes them less unique. And you can’t make a ‘custom’ choice when taking a cookie out of the container.
Those are my pros and cons for cookies of both kinds. Maybe you enjoyed reading it, or maybe you’re just really hating me right now because you want a cookie and you don’t care what type it is. 😛
I won’t put a picture on here, just in case you haven’t eaten yet!
Have a great day, and thanks for reading!!!