The Ohio pink cookie has gone the way of the dodo bird after four decades of providing a sugary respite to weary schoolchildren during lunch. The fattening tidbit is extinct, at least in Elyria school cafeterias. The traditional tasty treat spent several decades as the preferred snack of children attending Elyria, Ohio public schools. Thanks to federal guidelines, the pink cookie will no longer be available in Elyria schools.
Elyria City Schools spokesperson Amy Higgins explained. "It no longer meets the national school lunch program guidelines for snacks. It has too many calories." How many calories does it have? No one seems to know the exact number, but it certainly exceeds USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standard that require all snacks to contain fewer than 200 calories.
Southcoast Today reported that the original recipe started with "a former district food services director [who] developed [the pink cookie] from her grandmother's recipe."
Food services director Scott Teaman said, "We can’t have them in the cafeteria for sale, period. The guidelines for snacks are very strict, and there is no wiggle room." However, he didn't say students couldn't bring their own.
There is still hope for parents and children in Ohio who want to make their own pink cookies. Recipes for the popular pink cookies have sprung up online overnight, and federal guidelines can't stop fans of the treat from making them at home and packing them in lunchboxes and brown paper bags.
A blogger named Cheryl Moeller was kind enough to post a simple recipe for the cookies on her blog, Mom Laughs. Describing herself as " . . . a Christian author, conference speaker, syndicated humor columnist, homemaker, cookbook writer, mom cook, blogger, married for 33 1/2 years, mom of 6, 1 son-in-law, 3 daughter-in-laws, and grandmother to 1 very handsome busy grandson,"
Moeller offers insight "on the humor in the everydayness of family life." She also offers a sugar-heavy, butter-laden recipe for Ohio's beloved pink cookies.