For the Love of Peanut Butter and Cinnamon

Any of you that know me in real life or who have followed my blog for any significant length of time are well aware that I’ve been plagued by food allergies for the past 5 years or so. I started having seemingly random reactions and after undergoing a few rounds of allergy testing I found that I was indeed allergic to many things, the most severe of which were: peanuts, tree nuts, turkey, cinnamon, shellfish, and other seafood. Talk about debilitating! It took some serious time for me to adjust and get used to reading labels, asking questions when going out to eat or eating in someone else’s home. I actually never got used to it – food allergies can be very stressful and the ones I tested allergic to were many things that I was used to eating on an almost daily basis. I was basically told to avoid all of these foods and then underwent about a year and a half of weekly allergy shots to deal with the environmental allergies that were uncovered as well.

Fast forward five years…

I recently decided that since I had the great misfortune of  “growing into” these allergies that I had never had before, that perhaps it was possible for me to “grow out” of them as well. I scheduled an appointment with my allergist for re-testing and started the process two weeks ago. During the first round of re-testing I found that I had absolutely NO indication of an allergy to peanuts or cinnamon. I came home and ate a spoonful of peanut butter and bought Cinnamon Struesel Frosted Mini Wheats. I admit to being a bit nervous to try these, as I had been pretty much programmed to fear them for so many years, but after many successful tests, I can indeed tell you that I appear to be cured! During the second round of tests last week I also found that I have absolutely no indication of an allergy to tree nuts, turkey, shellfish, or seafood either!

Now, celebration was indeed in order. Brown Eyed Baker’s Chief Culinary Consultant presented me with a whole box of Reese’s Big Cup peanut butter cups. Oh boy! It didn’t take me long to dig in and I savored each and every bite. These were the one thing I was most looking forward to eating after getting the all-clear for peanuts. Mmmmm…

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The celebrating didn’t stop there. Next up was trying a snickerdoodle cookie that the CCC had been raving about. Holy crap! These were by far, hands down, one of the best cookies (not just snickerdoodles) I have EVER had. First of all, they’re huge. Second of all, perfectly chewy. Thirdly, a wonderful, not-too-overpowering cinnamon/sugar flavor. And last, but certainly not least, these have little cinnamon-sugar nuggets baked right into the cookie. I’m not sure exactly how that’s done, but I’m determined to figure it out.

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I’m sure you all want to know where you can find these cookies… they are sold at Noodles & Co. – take a look at their website and see if there is one near you!

Stay tuned for many recipes featuring all of these wonderful ingredients!