In case you haven’t noticed, the portions of certain foods have been drastically reduced. Indeed, have you seen a Mallo Cup recently? It’s the size of a nickel. But there’s one portion I’m glad the powers that be decided to reduce – the size of a box of the Supercenter’s assorted cookies.

As the name suggests, you can expect to find an assortment in a box of said cookies including chocolate chip and shortbread. I particularly enjoy the shortbread as well as one we’ll call a spice cookie.

The cookies are packaged in festive boxes that celebrate that month or season’s approaching holiday. For example, the orange fall box features a pumpkin-shaped spice cookie sprinkled with orange sugar.

A coworker introduced me to the cookies approximately nine years ago and I’ve been enjoying them ever since. I eat my aforementioned favorites and then share the others with friends and family. What can I say? I’m a giver.

In fact, during my short-lived experiment with the Supercenter’s grocery pickup, they once substituted sugar cookies for the assorted cookies without my permission. (This represents one reason the experiment with grocery pickup was short-lived.) I do not eat sugar cookies, so I gave them to my neighbors. I should add I had never met these neighbors until that day, so they might have wondered why this strange woman showed up in their yard bearing a box of cookies.

Anyway, at one point, I thought the assorted box contained butter cookies. Thus, I tried to make butter cookies. They didn’t taste as bad as sugar cookies, but they certainly didn’t taste as yummy as my favorite cookies in those festive boxes. So, I decided I needed a cookie press to whip up a delicious batch of butter cookies. When I shared this plan with my sisters and nieces, they told me the cookies I had identified as butter were actually shortbread.

This perplexed me because the shortbread cookies in those festive boxes, whilst yummy, taste nothing like the shortbread cookies we prepare for the holidays. Nevertheless, I decided my sisters and nieces were right. I didn’t need a cookie press. When I take a hankering for those cookies, I can buy a box of assorted cookies.

That’s what I’ve continued to do. But I found that even with help from others and my love affair with carbs, I have trouble making an entire box of assorted cookies disappear. So, on a trip to the Supercenter, I was happy to see they are now selling somewhat smaller boxes of assorted cookies. After I empty the box of the shortbread and spice cookies, that leaves fewer cookies to share with others.

This post originally appeared in the Appalachian News-Express.