Well, today is a little different for Gollum, she also invites pictures or stories of food disasters. Boy, do I have one for you! (Get your reading glasses on, "Brain" knows you're gonna need it if you want to read this trainwreck of a tale!)
On Sunday, March 22nd, I'm going to join Cielo of "The House in the Roses" for her cookie parade to show all of you, but since I have all thumbs when it comes to baking, it wasn't surprising that I would mess up the recipe I got from her blog!
I didn't have any bittersweet chocolate chips, so I substituted some Heath toffee bits out of a new package that hubby got from a Hershey's convention at the Phoenician Resort when he used to work there. I followed the rest of the recipe but it still looked too wet. Not thinking anything might go wrong, I refrigerated the dough for one hour and patiently waited. Fifteen minutes in, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. After it beeped, I checked on the batter, it thickened slightly so I thought, "this must be what it's supposed to look like" and proceeded to scoop it onto a baking sheet.
Well, if you must know, I am a peeker when it comes to baking. Yes, I am that unsure about my skills! I noticed that each scoop spread out like it threatened to spill off the sheet! So when the timer beeped, I quickly grabbed it out but the suckers stuck to it like it was part of it! We managed to get them all out, and in the spirit of recycling the kids ate it up and suggested that it would make a great ice cream topper! Yeah right, but one taste and I had to agree!
I left the rest of the batter in the fridge overnight and this afternoon, I tried to make Cielo another batch using another close recipe since I still don't have any bittersweet chips. I decided not to waste what was in the fridge and added more flour to it to give it body. Well... how do you think it fared?
A big second round of "YIKES!" I don't know what happened but unlike before, I caught it a little sooner and got them out while they were still softer, scraped them all off and this is the mess I collected on a plate!
Behold, I give you... "FAILURE" COOKIES!!! (My children gave it its name, lol)
Alright, alright... All you seasoned bakers can stop laughing and give me pointers for next time instead, lol! Just to let you know, I did manage to bake a great batch for Cielo's Cookie Parade, so watch out for mine, ok?
TABLESCAPING IDEAS: (This idea was inadvertently given to me by my teen's boyfriend when he joined us for dinner last night and "Brain" loved it!) Take a picture of your failed baking adventures and frame them. During a rainy day or any time you have free, make a great batch of delish cookies, bring out the picture and set it in front of you next to a beautiful floral centerpiece and enjoy laughing at your own self while you savor your success! Doesn't that sound great? "Brain" knew you'd love it!
I love that you visited with me again... and had a good laugh at the same time. Make sure to tag along as I visit others' blogs for some trainwrecks or luxury tours over their chosen edibles!