February 21, 2012

Baking FAIL

My mom and I recently decided to try a few new things for my niece's 16th birthday party. Some were a success, others were not. Today - I bring you our failures.
If you're on Pinterest, there's a good chance you've seen these cookie bowls. The caption simply claims that if you turn a muffin pan upside down, you too can have beautiful cookie bowls of your own! Well guess what - that is FALSE. This is a prime example of why you should NEVER trust the captions on Pinterest, but instead click through to the actual site. Because in this case, the link would take you to the Wilton site which explains you need a special pan to do this - an Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan. Who knows if it'd actually make a difference, but this would have been good information to have out front. But that's what happens when you don't thoroughly read directions! One day I will learn. One day.
I enlisted my mom to make these simple treats. She texted me this picture and I couldn't stop laughing at the sight of it. Those didn't quite turn out like the picture. Granted, you probably would have better luck with a non-stick pan...but still. The way those spread out is crazy. Sorry I led you astray mom. But thanks for the laugh. :)

Moving right along. Katie posted about these cool Williams Sonoma Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters where you can stamp cookies with the message of your choice. Wouldn't it be cool to personalize your cookies for events - in a simple way? I thought so too, so I picked up a set.
 
The first couple of batches were a little rough. Not only did the message disappear completely, but no matter how long (or short) I baked them, the edges were burning like right away.
Then I decided to enlist Patrick's help so I didn't lose my mind. He's actually quite resourceful in the kitchen. After changing up a few things, we managed to not burn them. However - the stamping was still completely disappearing when we took them out of the oven, so we stamped them again while they were still hot and that's how we were able to get it to show up. It only worked on 2 out of the 6 cookies though, so it's not a foolproof method. Also? The cookies were about as soft as a hockey puck. Not exactly something I'd want to try to sink my teeth into.
 
So there you have it friends. Have you ever made either of these - successfully?? Any tips or tricks, or should I permanently mark these off my list of things to make?

15 comments:

  1. Pinterest makes everything look so simple. Obvs, not the case. haha! I'm glad you shared the failures.

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  2. I agree with Sweet... Pinterest does make everything look easy! Sorry these didn't work out for ya! There are good ideas though...

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  3. I think you can still use those stamps if you just bought (or made) fondant, used the stamps on the fondant as a topper. That way, the Williams-Sonoma purchase isn't a waste!! Thanks for sharing your adventures! :)

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  4. I always try and go to the actual links on pinterest instead of just repinning. Sometimes things are WAY more complicated than the picture.

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  5. Ha! I would post an "easy" task that turns out to be impossible!!! :)

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  6. Oh Pinterest...I have had success with recipes from there but I am not much of a baker. At least you can laugh about it!

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  7. I was going to try those cookie bowls! Thanks for sharing this info!! I tried the crock-pot mac n' cheese that everyone on Pinterest seems to love and it was GROSS. That's my Pin-fail! :)

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  8. Oh Sarah,
    Your honesty and flair just cracked me up! Thank you for the heads up! I have seen the cookie bowls and thought of trying....now I'll wait! I think it's so wonderful to hear the "real" deal from tried and true efforts. Much appreciated! But sorry for your time, money, and efforts invested! You get the medal !

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  9. Oh Sarah, I have not tried either of those and now I won't have to. Thanks for your candid post. Seems like such a waste of good food.

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  10. I am sorry neither one worked...and I was kinda wanting to do the cookie bowls. There are several recipes that I have tried in the crock pot and they all taste the same. Pinterest....gotta love it:)

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  11. So funny... I have made two recipes off Pinterest recently..one yesterday and the other today and I have modified BOTH! I can't just let things be!

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  12. hahahaha! Laughing out loud as this reminds me of some of my great ideas in the kitchen!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this hilarious post! I wish there was a way to pin the failed attempts underneath the fabulous pictures we pin! I try to make sure and delete any pins that didn't work out for me or that I felt weren't worth the work. I'll go ditch the cookie cups now!

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  14. I haven't tried these, but I will add my 2 cents anyways. I think the only way for the cookie bowls to work is if you have a deep enough groove around the cup on the reverse side, like the tart style one from pin. This seems like a great question for Alton Brown over at Good Eats! I don't think your final attempt at the cookie cutters were a complete fail. The final one you pictured looks pretty good. I'll share with you my tool to turn any hard cookie into a soft one. Stick a piece of bread in the cookie container overnight or for a few hours and the cookies will absorb the moisture! Voila! Soft, delicious cookies!

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  15. Bahahaha! I'm sorry that I'm laughing at your expense! "Pinterest Gone Wrong".... hehehe

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