I've seen a fair amount of people complaining at the nuisance of phantoms and how they force you to use a bed. This is bad as it forces you to skip the night/reset your spawn point. There have been a lot of suggestions for a sleeping bag, etc item that lets you skip the night but doesn't reset your spawn point. For all I know the campfire may do this. I have an alternate proposition: make cookies reset the time since last slept. This would let the player avoid phantoms without having to skip the night at all, without even having to interrupt what they're doing and go out of their way just to prevent them. It would also prevent multiplayer servers from having to coordinate sleeping, and would allow some players to avoid them, while letting others fight them if they wish.
Cookies are currently in the game. No brainstorming would have to be done about how to acquire them, design them, how adding them would affect gameplay, etc. This also means that nobody can argue that they aren't "Minecrafty," as they're already in the game!
Cookies are currently a just for fun feature. They're not particularly useful. While I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, I think it'd be a good thing to give them their place in the sun. Parrots were originally going to bred with cookies. This seems like an attempt to give cookies their own useful niche. While ultimately that didn't work out, this could be that niche.
Cookies promote exploration. Cocoa beans can only be found in dungeon chests and jungles. Players would need to go out and explore the world to find the ingredients to make their own cookies. It would make finding a jungle that much more rewarding, as it would mean a player can finally make a farm to prevent phantoms. Pre-baked cookies can also currently be bought from villagers, for those who don't want to spend the time looking for a jungle, though this means forking over hard-earned emeralds.
Cookies make sense. Sorta. A couple quick google searches shows that dark chocolate actually contains more caffeine than coffee, per 100 grams. More perfectly, cookies are made in Minecraft with raw cocoa beans and wheat, not even any sugar. That's as dark chocolate as it gets!
tldr: cookies resetting sleepy time to prevent phantoms is perfect for this game
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