Monday, July 6, 2009

My baking disaster turned into a sweet reward

A couple of weeks ago, I had a craving for homemade cookies. The summer days had cooled down a bit around here, so I didn't feel bad about turning on the oven. I opened my cupboards and found some butterscotch morsels with a recipe on the back for "Oatmeal Scotchies". SOLD!

The recipe was fairly straightforward, so I enlisted the help of my 3 1/2 year old. She was getting bored and I thought baking cookies would be fun for her. She eagerly helped me mix the ingredients and in a few minutes the batter was made and the first batch went into the oven.

Not sure what happened to the first batch...

So I tried a second batch...

I was mortified. I consider myself fairly competent home cook, but this was the worst batch of cookies that has ever been made in my kitchen. They really flattened out in the oven and when I tried to remove them from the pan they fell apart.

My daughter didn't really notice the disaster, all she wanted to do was eat one when they cooled down. So I poured us both big glasses of milk and we tried them. They tasted good, but I was planning on taking some of the cookies to a family picnic and they were by no means...presentable.

Frustrated and bummed, I called the 800 number on the back of the package. "What did I do wrong?", I asked the customer service person, Randy. I re-read the ingredients and I didn't miss anything. My oven was set at the correct temp of 375 degrees. He suggested that maybe I over-beat the batter or maybe the "softened" butter was too soft or maybe it was too humid in my kitchen. He offered to send me some baking tips and a coupon for a FREE bag of morsels so that I can try again.

I took the cookie crumbs to the picnic anyway and my family thought they tasted great. My brother even asked me to make them again.

I will definitely try the Oatmeal Scotchies again especially since Nestle sent me a FREE coupon. Although I probably would have baked them again anyway, but the coupon was a nice surprise.

Have you had a kitchen disaster lately?

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1 comment:

  1. Everytime I have tried that recipe that is exactly how my cookies turn out as well....I think there is something wrong with the recipe.


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