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!


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.


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.


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.


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.



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!



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