Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here is a guilty pleasure: Mouseburgers.
There's no way I can defend these cookies on the merits of their ingredients: vanilla wafers, chocolate patties, white frosting, and food coloring (red for catsup, yellow for mustard, green for lettuce). The nutritional merits of these cookies are in league with the hamburgers they represent, but that's a matter I won't chew on here, as that debate would likely give us all stomachaches.
I'll also be the first to admit that the curricular tie in to the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a little lame, too.
But these cookies are as cute as all get out and, unless you're a mouse, the serving size isn't too egregious. Their chief redeeming quality is the students enjoy assembling the ingredients and transforming them into visual facsimiles of a McBurger.
Another saving grace of this lesson is that it provides an occasion discuss the importance of moderation in eating sweets.