Last week my Mom posted a photo to my wall for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cute little “boobie cookies”! I was immediately smitten with the idea which is why I am sharing them with you today.
Here’s the thing. After seeing the picture I made the social media mistake of reading the comments posted to the original image. Part of me didn’t even realize how offensive the idea of making something “cute” referencing something “serious” could be to some viewers. Here’s my take, yes, breast cancer is VERY serious, for BOTH men and women. My dear friend Gale went thorough breast cancer treatments twice. My Mom’s good friend Kathy went through it along with other forms of cancer. A childhood role model died from breast cancer. When I share things like this, I do not do it to make light of the situation, but to remind people to embrace life. To learn to appreciate what we have and to love each other. To help make something perhaps still a little taboo a little less scary.
If a cookie somehow reminds someone to be comfortable with their breasts and to have them examined, then I say more power to it. Let’s have heart and penis and prostate cookies too! Why not? Basically, I hope you’re not offended and I hope you and yours go for your annual check-ups.
While I did share my photo, I can’t take credit for the idea. From what I can tell the original idea stems from the blog Apron Strings, where it was posted in 2009 and 2010. Great recipe blog BTW, they just posted a great idea for Halloween rice balls made to look like jack-o-lanterns!
Please visit her site using one of the date links above for your ingredients and directions. I will share the changes I made however.
- Instead of regular potatoes I used instant (shhhh)
- Instead of M&Ms I used fruit imperials (you could also use pink icing)
- I did not use peanut butter
- Instead of melted chips I used pink icing to make the “ribbons”
Also don’t forget to visit the great sources she links along with a few others:
- Find a provider for a free or discounted mammogram with Health Central or Susan G Koman
- Cancer-fighting recipes according to The Food Network or Fitness Magazine.
- A round-up of writing on breast cancer from BlogHer
- Shop the Think Pink Collection on RedEnvelope.com
- The CDC’s information page for breast cancer
- The Breast Cancer Site: Click once a day and help donate money to fund free mammograms!