Later this month, I’ll be attending the Eat, Write, Retreat Conference in Philadelphia. I went to it two years ago when it was in DC and had a great time, so I’m looking forward to it! One of the fun things about this conference is that a lot of the sponsors send their “swag” to you ahead of time, so you have a chance to try it out before the actual event. This year, one of the sponsors is “In the Raw” and they sent us all some of their newest product: Monkfruit in the Raw. It’s the newest all-natural zero-calorie sweetener. They invited the conference attendees to make their sugar cookies and decorate them in our own style for a change to win a variety of prizes (including a KitchenAid mixer!). I’m not very patient when it comes to decorating cookies – I’ll leave that to the crafty people out there – so I took a more rustic approach to mine, topping them with a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter and crushed pretzels. The result is sweet, salty, chewy, and crunchy – they remind me of Take 5 bars (my favorite candy bar!)
I received a sample of monkfruit in the raw as well as the basic sugar cookie recipe because I’m attending the Eat, Write, Retreat conference. I’m paying for the conference myself. It costs a small fortune, but if it’s anything like it was 2 years ago, it’s totally worth it.