A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 13, 2012
“Broken cookies don’t have calories”

"Broken cookies don’t have calories” (or “broken cookies have no calories” or “broken cookies have fewer calories") has been a popular saying on refrigerator magnets and T-shirts. “Broken Cookies Contain Fewer Calories” has been cited in print since at least 1983.

“I eat the broken cookies first because I feel bad for them” is another saying about broken cookies.

22 June 1983, Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe, pg. 3 ad:
Broken Cookies Contain Fewer Calories

23 May 1984, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, “Unwitnessed dietings evokes the trickiest in self-deceit” by Melinda S. Tomsic, pg. 9A, cols. 1-2:
My friend Joan brought me a refrigerator magnet that sums up my point. “Broken cookies,” it declares, “have fewer calories.”

2 January 1987, The News (Frederick, MD), pg. B2, col. 5 ad:
“Broken cookies have no calories.”

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29 January 1996, The Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO), “Substitutes weughed in the balance for dieters” by Peggy O’Farrell, pg. 2A, col. 3:
That’s the same kind of math that stipulates broken cookies don’t have any calories because they all leaked out.

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By Margaret Truman
New York, NY: Fawcett Crest
1999, ©1998
Pg. 99:
“Two small pieces. Not big enough to contain any calories.”
“You always say broken cookies don’t have calories.”

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By Gail Harris
New York, NY: Kensington Books
Pg. 180:
A lot of the other ways that people do that is: broken cookies don’t count, because when the cookie breaks the calories break, ...

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Broken cookies don’t have calories; they have ...

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And broken cookies have no calories at all, because the broken area lets all the calories leak out.

Organic Gardening Forums
Posted February 20, 2003 02:55 AM
Oh, and as evidenced by what you mentioned in your post...you obviously know the “Cardinal Rule of Cookie Consumption”..........Broken cookies have no caloric content. Some kind of convoluted physics/geothermal/trigonometric/NASA/particle-excellerated scientific math-u-maticul thingy, I guess. Or did I hear that on an infomercial?

Democratic Underground
Mon Oct-15-07 07:50 AM
3. Exactly. Just like broken cookies have ZERO calories.
Something about dispersing the calories when the molecular cookie bonds are broken. It’s been a while since P-Chem, but I know I’ve seen this somewhere! 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Permalink