Things I’ve Made Recently That Failed Pretty Hard, 2014 in Review

Clear the air, kill the vanity, welcome to 2015, folks. Thus follow a few of my biggest baking disasters of 2014. Let’s hope that relishing the disappointment for a moment will set us up to savor the new year!

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This was a giant peanut butter bacon cookie stuffed with a Reese’s peanut butter cup. OH wait. Not a fail, guys. Not a fail. Oven mitt included for size reference. Get it. On to some real deal baking angst below.

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I used up some Tazo chai tea concentrate in place of the milk in this recipe (also used oil instead of butter) and then cut the layers into quarters and re-arranged them to try and create a checkboard effect, which didn’t turn out. The lack of butter/spices made the flavor somewhat vanilla. Strike that, somewhat cardboard, because vanilla is actually a good flavor, and this cake was not that. I did put cream cheese frosting on the white parts and Nutella cream cheese frosting on the dark parts. It was a fun experiment. Like art. I’m still going to post this recipe for you, but later.

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I finally finally finally tried to make my own marshmallows. These were of the brown sugar maple syrup variety. I should have let them set up longer, and I didn’t have powdered sugar, so the end result was ultra maple gooey cornstarch. The technique is pretty simple, though. I’ll be trying this again.

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Popcorn in the style of those frosted sprinkle animal crackers everyone loves so much. Cuuute. This wasn’t exactly a fail either, but why blog about this? Just melted some candy melts and poured it over popcorn.

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These pistachio meal cookies were actually gross. I used these old, old pistachios that were likely rancid, and the texture was so awful. I tried to rescue it with a Nutella glaze, but even that didn’t help. I still wanted to show you because I like that shot of the pistachio shells so much.

Not pictured because it was just THAT AWFUL: Red Wine Flax Brownies. Yes, you told me so. That was bound to be an unhappy marriage.

Happy trails! Bye! C u later!

L

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