Bitter Disappointment

April 5, 2009

Cooking, Lauren

It was an odd weekend around here – a lot to do and two slightly-unwell-feeling people doing it. Lloyd had a bit of a stomach bug and I was convinced I had pink eye, minus the actual pink. Anyway, we ran our errands on Saturday and after a giant nap I had the urge to try a cookie recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It’s for chocolate wafers, which sounded deliciously crunchy, and requires one of my favorite skills – thinly slicing things.

So, I dug out the food processor (this makes the fourth time it’s ever been used) and went through the steps. I like to halve recipes since it’s just two of us around and we wind up throwing food away if I make the whole batch. (The recipe is here if you’d like to see it.) I had even purchased ultra-fancy cocoa powder for this project! Samith, if you’re wondering why I was distracted on the phone when we talked, it was because I was measuring ingredients into the processor. (In literature, they call this ‘foreshadowing’.)

Looks a bit like a log of p**p, eh?

I was so proud of me – I rolled it, waited the whole hour for it to chill in the fridge, sliced it ever-so-thin, turned the pan around halfway through baking and everything! When they came out, I was impressed that they were already kind of crumbly-textured like Oreos! I broke off a little piece, blew on it so it would be cool enough to eat and popped in in my mouth.

In my head: “Mmm…. still warm. Crumbly. Too crumbly? Not very sweet. Is that the fancy chocolate? Not sweet. Not sweet at all. What’s wrong? Good night – what is this grossness??” Spit.

Sugar. I forgot the sugar. I blame Samith.

So, I wound up throwing it away anyway and starting over. Drat. The real thing was totally worth the sacrifice of 7 tablespoons of butter and 3/8 cup of cocoa.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Bitter Disappointment”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Haha. That’s like when I used powdered sugar instead of flour to make banana bread! You should keep the first batch as “joke cookies”. I’m sure they would make you very popular at work.


  2. Beth Said on:

    Interestingly, the ones on the right look more tasty to me…


  3. Deborah Said on:

    Like Brad, we confused powdered sugar for flour once, too. The biscuits were very sweet.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I LOVE Oreo cookies…but stale. So I’m annoyed that they changed their packaging…the old package had to be ripped open, which left a big gaping hole, which meant stale cookies within a week. But now they have the stupid stay fresh seal, which my family insist on uses. Stupid improvements. (btw: stale oreos are real soft)


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