Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Emilee's Bake of Shame

You would think. You would totally think wouldn't you! You would think...that by this time I would know better. I Emilee, a Pinstrositier WOULD %^$#*&^% KNOW BETTER!!!
 But alas, apparently I do not. There is something to be said about humility. 
And this experience has definitely given me my fair share (and then some). Here I am the co-creator of a blog all about how to NOT have Pinterest fails, and I break the cardinal rule of Pinning.
 I tried a pin without reading the directions. 
I hope all of you are laughing at me right now, because if I was a third party totally un-involved reader, I would be busting a gut and super excited to see what is about to be presented to me. 
So here it is, my bake of shame. 


I was invited to a cookie exchange at Marquette's sisters house, and decided to try a totally new recipe. One I had seen on Pinterest (famous last words).
**I would like to add that I am ADMITTEDLY NOT a baker, not in the least. Cooking is great grand and fantastic, but baking is not generally not my thing.
May I also add this is went down at 11:30 at night after a LONG day and I was exhausted?! Well it was, and I was. So add that in for another excuse yeah?
"Enough blabbing!! Show us the pictures Pinstrosity lady!!!" (Cue impatient blog hungry mob...jk jk, but no really.)

The Original
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/04/andes-mint-cookies.html?showComment=1323739192245

Andes Mint Cookies, I am a Andes Mint JUNKIE. Like really, I hide wrappers and everything, and I may or may not go to Olive Garden just for the after meal complimentary mint, or seven.

So this GENIUS recipe calls for a Devil's Food Cake mix, Andes Mints, and the usual baking stuff; eggs, and oil. Tada, that's it!
Now, what you all have been waiting for:

The Pinstrosity

"They look like mini cakes?!" 
What's that you say?! They look like mini cakes? Hmm, well that's because they are.
I am a doofus.
I didn't even look at the recipe.
Nope totally didn't even glance.
I read the ingredients, made sure I had all that I needed, and I did, and just went to town like I was baking a freaking cake.
I had just finished mixing the "batter" and realized my mistake, and in desperate not-wanting-to-go-to-Wal-Mart-at-midnight fashion, I stuck them in the oven anyways, just in case they were awesome and it was a new miracle awesome cookie recipe sent down from the blessed cookie gods.
They weren't. 
At all.
Awesome.
So I dragged the honey with me to Wal-Mart at midnight, picked up a single box of cake mix, and headed home for round two.
At which point I READ THE &&%$# DIRECTIONS and got to work on the real cookies, which actually turned out awesome despite my perils from earlier that evening.

They were DELICIOUS! I didn't have a single one to go home with after the party, Success! Redemption (kinda)!
The trick?

I assumed that because I was using a cake mix I would mix it just like the cake ingredients and all.
Wrong. Wrong.Wrong.Wrong.

And as irony would have it the trick to this was later told to me at a church function by a 16 year old young lady who makes her own cookie recipes. At this point I feel about this big. Murphey's law this would happen 24 hours AFTER the cookie party.
I had humitliy for breakfast lunch AND dinner for the next tow days. I know we will always be our most demanding and most harsh critic, but on this one I think I deserved it.
She told me if you add 1/2 cup oil and 2 eggs to (almost) any cake mix, it becomes a cookie mix.

And if you have done it right, your dough should look something like this:


NOT this:
http://www.sodahead.com/fun/betty-crocker-or-pillsbury-cake-mix/question-2029755/?link=ibaf&q=&imgurl=http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002029755/5036634256_17448_licking_cake_batter_bowl_xlarge.jpeg

The moral of the story. Don't assume, read the directions, and don't bake past midnight.
I hope you enjoyed my serving of humble pie, and I hope I won't be having anymore for a while.

For new Pinners who are timid towards trying new things, don't be afraid to make a mistake, you may feel like a doof for a day or two, but in the end we have ALL been there done that. 

Happy Wednesday Pinstrosipeeps!











12 comments:

  1. oh, thank GOODNESS you gave us permission to laugh . . . because that was funny . . . there's a reason that we women joke about men not following directions!
    so glad your second go-round turned out deliciously! :)

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  2. Love it. It happens to EVERYONE! Those cookie look great tho - I'll have to give them a try!

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  3. I have been right there too. I love your blog btw and tell everyone I can about it. It's one of the highlights of my day.

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  4. Nice work, Em :) I have actually made "Whoopie Pies" before, and they are pretty much what you did first. There may be a smidge less liquid, but you put the batter on parchment paper to prevent it from spreading too much and from baking to the pan. The result is a little cookie-shaped cake. But it's a far cry from a chewy cookie.

    I'm glad you learned the cake mix cookie recipe! It's a go-to for me when I'm in a pinch. I even frost the cookies with the cake frosting.

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  5. Do you add the 1/2 cup of oil and 2 eggs in addition to any added ingredients the cake mix asks for or just on their own to the dry mix?

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  6. This should make you feel a bit better. Here is my epic baking fail. http://kaffeeklatschathena.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/thanksgiving-prep-day-2-rolls-y-u-no-rise/

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  7. You said "almost any cake mix"... which ones would this NOT work for!?
    p.s., SO glad to know I'm not the only one who does things like this!

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  8. This is a CLASSIC holiday cookie at my house, only we make them completely from scratch. :)

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  9. "She told me if you add 1/2 cup oil and 2 eggs to (almost) any cake mix, it becomes a cookie mix." In the face of risking failure, this statement alone sounds like an experiment. I find myself wanting to try my favorate cake flavors.

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  10. Ahh, the directions! Why oh why do we always think we have the ability to just wing it. I just had my own fabulous crockpot meal fail the other day thanks to not actually reading through all the directions... And it's highly probable that I will absolutely do it again!

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  11. Cake mix cookies are the best, my kids do them all the time! White mix with chocolate chips & vanilla, pinapple cake with dried pineapple bits, coconut flakes, and macadamia nuts, variations are endless! Be warned, gluten free mixes don't work the same... So no cookies for the Mama. :-/

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  12. Loved this entry! Anytime im in need of a laugh, this site never fails!! Thanks for sharing! =)

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