Oh, for the love of Pete!

September 9, 2012

Cooking, Worst day ever

This weekend has had some truly disastrous baking events. Monday evening is our Grandparents’ Tea at preschool, and though the children will make some brownies on Monday morning, I know that we will also ‘sample’ them right away and they will be gone. That’s ok, because I always make back-up food ahead of time.

I started Saturday evening and made some oatmeal/craisin cookies (stupidly not using this recipe) while watching the new episode of Doctor Who – with kittens biting my feet as I stood stirring in the living room. Unfortunately, when I got to the dry ingredients I realized I had only seven grains of baking soda. I tried subbing a smidgen of baking powder (which is made of baking soda and cream of tartar), but it made the cookies too poofy and my stupid oven won’t brown things right. First batch of cookies: ruined. (no photo)

After church on Sunday we made our regular trip to Wal-Mart where I bought more supplies. I thought I’d make cake mix cookies since they’re so easy (box of cake mix, egg, soft stick of butter, a dash of water if needed), but also bought tubes of pre-made dough as back-up. (I was not in the mood to make anything from scratch again, especially since we needed to be in Lincoln for choir and some Lincoln Lutheran stuff.) I made a batch of chocolate cake mix cookies and half a batch of lemon cake mix cookies and admired them cooling on the counter, delicately sprinkled with powdered sugar. I needed to reload my tea strainer/sugar sprinkler, and as I dipped it back into the ‘sugar’ container….. I realized I had used cornstarch.

No! No! Turn back time! Buy some powdered sugar!

I tried brushing it off – no good. I tried tasting one. Barf. Imagine eating a cookie coated with unscented baby powder. Grrrrrrr!!!!!

All that so-called work for nothing.

Thank goodness for the dough logs. They saved my bacon. (Also the crackers and pretzels I have since purchased.)

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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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3 Responses to “Oh, for the love of Pete!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Too bad you don’t have rats living in your back yard. They like cookies, even if they’re messed up.


  2. Deborah Said on:

    The girls and I made a green tomato pie yesterday. In doing so, I confirmed that I should not make pie crusts from scratch. The pie tastes good, but is messy. It is not for company. Good luck with the grandparents!


  3. Peggy Said on:

    I’m sorry for your baking events not turning out quite the way you wanted.

    Maybe you could have given those cake/cookies (especially the chocolate ones, they look mouth watering) a good dousing of 10X sugar that you borrowed from a neighbor. Or even rolled the cookies in the sugar. That would have hidden the cornstarch flavor.


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