This Recipe I Found on Facebook Looked So Delicious But….

I love it when recipes show up in my Facebook news feed because I’m always looking for new things to cook for my family.

At first I assumed that whomever is sharing a recipe is endorsing it because they have actually made, eaten and loved the food. Because, isn’t that essentially the purpose of sharing something?

As it turns out, that isn’t always the purpose of Facebook sharing.

The way Facebook works (at least for recipes) is like so: If you like a recipe someone has posted and want to have an easy way to save it for later use, share it with your friends and it will show up on your Facebook Timeline aka your Wall.

Just in case there are any non-Facebookers reading this I’ll explain.

Your Timeline or Wall is your own little piece of personal Facebook real estate, a web page basically, where you can find any and every thing you’ve ever posted on Facebook. Including recipes you’ve shared. To use later. But have not necessarily actually prepared and eaten.

See how the confusion got started?

Anything you post on Facebook (and in this case share) will show up in your friends’ news feeds. And they might (incorrectly) assume, in the case of a recipe, that you have actually prepared, eaten and loved, and are therefore endorsing, said recipe. When in fact you are actually using Facebook as a recipes-I-wanna-try-someday file.

So I think it would be a really good idea if Facebookers let their fellow Facebookers know what they think of shared recipes once they’ve tried them.

Like this one:

Sinless Cookie Recipe with accompanying photo of delicious looking cookies in a jar

What’s not to love about a recipe for Sinless Cookies? They’re chock full of healthy ingredients, with the exception of the chocolate chips. But, in my personal opinion, the ratio of chocolate chips to healthy stuff cancels out any chocolate chip-related weight gain.

So, I couldn’t wait to try these cookies. I had visions of finally being able to eat cookies without gaining weight. And visions of Pebbles eating what she thought were treats, but in actuality would be healthy food.

In my world that’s a win/win situation.

The reality was way different. See those little round nuggets of what appear to be cookie heaven in the recipe photo? Those can only be the unbaked dough, rolled into balls. Because no matter how round you make those cookie balls, after subjecting them to 15 minutes of 350 degree oven heat they look more like dark, soggy, gooey blobs. With melted chocolate chips oozing through them.

Which should still taste good, right?

All I can say is this. If you are a fan of strongly banana-flavored, peanut buttery soggy, gooey blobs laced with way too much oozing melted chocolate, you might like these.

Just be sure to eat them all the first day. Because the day after I baked them they were soggier, darker, even more strongly banana flavored and the chocolate was still oozy, gooey and melty. They were yuck. Just yuck.

My compost pile really seemed to enjoy them, however.

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About Mai Stone

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble on the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~ A sense of humor is essential for surviving the pebbles on life’s road. Especially when they’re the size of boulders.
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