Tuesday, January 10, 2012

what i've been doing instead of cooking

Actually I did cook today. Most of the morning and afternoon in fact. But you ever have one of those days when you can't even boil water correctly? Today was one of those days for me. I made three different recipes today - four if you include all the different cookie batters - and only one turned out okay. So I went and made a banner for my daughter's birthday coming up.
Here it is...

Here's another shot because I'm pretty happy with it and I know she'll love it.

Back to what I was cooking. Like I said, her birthday is coming up and I thought it would be really fun to make those little cookie bowls I saw on Pinterest a while back. They seemed easy enough. I have all the ingredients for several batches of cookies so I decided to do a practice run before her birthday weekend. The first batch was good ol fashioned chocolate chip since those are one of her favorites. I followed the tutorial and here's what happened.

I took them out of the oven early since it was apparent this batch was done for.
Second batch of cookie dough was made with a little less butter hoping it wouldn't alter the flavor too much but give the 'bowl' more stability. I also used a muffin pan that seemed to have smaller holes - not quite as deep so maybe the cookie wouldn't have as far to fall? (welcome to my weird little brain)
Here's the second batch.

Ask me how happy I am at this point that I've wasted all these ingredients and made such a mess in the kitchen with nothing to show for it?
I tried one more time with a plain sugar cookie dough.
No luck and no photo since they all turned out the same way.

At this point I did concede defeat to the "Cookie Bowl" (for now anyway) 
I decided to make some chocolate ganache and meringue so I could make these little units.

Little chocolate meringue pie bites. Pretty tasty. I will get that recipe posted soon.

I have now run out of time and need to go collect Ada from school. The kitchen is thrashed and I'm covered in flour and sugar and chocolate and still do not have a single cookie bowl!
This story actually ends here. I haven't had any luck with these but would love to know the trick. If any of you readers can give me the secret PLEASE do so.


Looking forward to hearing from someone who can help me out.

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