Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baking FAIL! Flourless Chocolate cookies!

I love to bake... I love to eat baked goods... I love to try new recipes for baked goods.
However sometimes these new recipes can go horribly horribly wrong... 

I figured that since I try so many recipes and of course there are going to be a few that wont work out eventually I should share with you the epic baking fails that I have as well as the great successes. 

My sister asked me to make these cookies for her as she loves Flour-less Chocolate Cake... and I had already pinned them on Pintrest so I thought hey why not.... 
Here is the recipe....

Flour-less Chewy Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

2 3/4 cups walnut halves
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Spread the walnut halves on a large-rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 9 minutes, until they are golden and fragrant.  Allow them to cool, then chop them coarsely.

Position two racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and lower temperature to 320.

Line two large-rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk (or combine in an electric mixer on low speed) the confectioners’ sugar with the cocoa powder and salt followed by the chopped walnuts. While whisking (or once you change the speed to medium), add the egg whites and vanilla extract and beat just until the batter is moistened (do not overbeat or it will stiffen).

Spoon the batter onto the baking sheets in 12 evenly spaced mounds, and bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked; shift the pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through to ensure even baking. Slide the parchment paper (with the cookies) onto 2 wire racks. Let cookies cool completely, and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

So on Sunday I got it all ready and made these cookies... 
and as you may have guessed they were a huge fail! they never baked the way they should and they stuck to the pans like crazy, when I say stuck I mean the only part that came off was the edges and they came off in small slivers. They tasted great, at least the edges did... and I'm sure the only reason they didn't work was because I messed the recipe somehow. However I got so mad that the works of it went in the trash shortly after... 
no pictures, no evidence, nothing left! 

I get really mad when something I make doesn't work out... (like throw things across the room mad) and it likely gets thrown out, taken apart or just left as is and is never touched again... 

Oh well it's bound to happen!

How do you react when things go wrong? Do you lose it like me or do you keep your cool and find a way to make it work? I'd love to hear some coping strategies if you have them... Leave me a comment and maybe next time I have a fail I can try them out....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Make it Monday! S'mores Cookies!

Are you missing summer? 
I'm not... not yet anyway (I'm a fan of the fall!)
But one thing that I did miss from this summer is one of the greatest things about summer.... I love a good camp fire. 
Needless to say between trips to the hospital, babies and bed rest I didn't make it to any this year. So I have been longing for some S'mores!
I have been trying to find a way to make a S'mores chocolate chip cookie for a week or so (by trying I mean I've been thinking about it) and then I thought...
"Hey I bet that someone else has thought of this too!"
And of course they have!

My Google search returned 552,000 results for S'mores cookies! (can you say YUM) SO I had a look around and chose this one! 

I found it on Make and Bake but they got it from Cookie Madness

S'mores Cookies
recipe from Cookie Madness

3/4 cup softened butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips)
1 cup mini marshmallows (I used slightly more than a cup)
2 Hershey bars, chopped up

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets (I didn't use parchment, and one tray of cookies stuck a bit to the sheet, but the other was fine, so you may want to use parchment just in case). Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of Hershey bar into each cookies. Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

The pictures at Make and Bake are much better!

I didn't have any Hershey bars so I just made the recipe omitting them, and I used regular large sized marshmallows and cut them into quarters because I didn't have any small ones.  Boy oh boy were these yummy! I'd defiantly make them again and again and again and I just might have to as 1/2 of them are gone already!

Have you turned a family favorite bar or desert into a cookie? or do you just favor the original?