Cooking and baking "oh no's".....have you ever had any?

How could I forget sugar in cookie dough? Duh!!! - sugar
United States
December 19, 2007 9:06am CST
Yesterday I decided to start baking some Christmas cookies. I had my mothers recipe in front of me and set out everything I was going to need from ingredients to measuring spoons. When I was mixing the dough I kept thinking it didn't feel or look right but I figured it was because it's been a year since I've made them and I just forgot how it should look. I put the first batch in the oven and went along my merry way thinking about the yummy cookies I would have with my coffee later in the day. I took that first batch out and bit into one and had to spit it out!! It was horrible!!! I picked up the recipe card and looked at again and guess what? Sugar wasn't on it!!! For some reason when I was mixing everything together it didn't even dawn on me that there was no sugar in there! I felt so stupid (and am aren't I? lol). I knew when I started baking that I probably shouldn't have been because I have a lot on my mind right now and since I'm not the BEST cook things have been known to go wrong when I'm not 100% into it. I had to throw them all away and was so mad at myself for my stupidity that I even threw away the rest of the cookie dough. Have you ever had any cooking or baking "tragedies" that made you so mad at yourself that you could scream?
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17 responses
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Maybe you could have used them for tree decorations. Then all wouldn't have been lost. I think we all have days when our minds are elsewhere and disasters seem to happen.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Good idea! I miss making the sugar cookie trees. Used to do a 24" artificial tree every year with 2" cut outs. The kids loved it.
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• United States
20 Dec 07
Gee, I wish I had thought of that. I could have made some nice decorations! That tree sounds cute too!
@packgirl4 (402)
• United States
19 Dec 07
You know, I screw up at least 1 thing every holiday season. This year it has already been the fudge that I obviously didn't get to the right heat.... because it never set, it just stayed liquidy. My grandma has done the sugar thing before in a cake. I remember that one! She felt so dumb. It was the same recipe she had used for over 50 years!!! HE HE HE
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• United States
20 Dec 07
Well, I'm a grandma so I guess it's ok then...lol...I'm sorry about your fudge...that stinks huh?
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
20 Dec 07
my husband tells me how dangerous it is for me to always eat the dough/batter raw because he thinks i will get sick...but i ALWAYS try it raw to make sure it tastes right... don't be so hard on yourself though, here's a good story of baking gone wrong that will make you laugh: Every year at easter time we make Polish easter bread that needs to rise and be punched down several times. We always placed the dough in my bedroom on the floor by the heat register to rise because it was the warmest spot in the house. Well, one year, we didn't take into account that we had a puppy who was not used to our bread making tradition...and sure enough the poor little guy got into the dough and ate probably 3-4 loaves before we caught him!! He laid on the floor all night whimpering from a sore belly. It was so funny since we knew he would be okay. he never ate any food off the floor since then! hopefully that made you laugh - don't worry there's lots of time to still make more cookies...even if they come out of a box!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I have left the sugar out of lemonade before. THat was EEEWWWW.And you know when your cooking Turkey for the holiday.I have fogotten to take the gibblet bag out before cooking the turkey. ISH!So yes have had a few. Found the bag of gibblets a little late though!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I did that with the giblet bag this past Thanksgiving. I realized it after about a hours thank goodness.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I did that one year -- many years ago, my mother who came over to dinner pointed it out to me - but she said 'Don't feel bad, Richard Simmons did it on nationwide TV'
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I remembered to take the neck out, but the giblets were in the other end of the turkey and forgot. It smelled stinky is the only reason I realized it.
@neenasatine (2842)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
hehe. i have one also. it is during my first time to bake a cake. instead of ending up as a cake, my cake became pudding instead lol...
• United States
20 Dec 07
Dont feel bad, about couple months ago, I was making cookies for a party that was being held in my cousins Kindergarden class. I had to start all over after I made the two dozen. Because my cousin bit into to try it before all of his friends got to eat it, well I got the salt and the sugar mixed up. I wasnt paying attention, because I was so busy that day and was in a hurry. So I just grabbed and didnt even look at the container to make sure it said Sugar instead of Salt. So atleast you accidentally added an extra ingrediant instead of mixing the two up. And I am also pretty sure that this happens to the best of us 8p
@raychill (6530)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I have to tell you the worst that I ever really did was just practically setting my school on fire. Since I went to a technical high school we had career majors. My major was Culinary Arts. We ran a restaurant and spent at least 4 out of 5 days in the kitchen. Cookies. We baked cookies and cakes a lot! We'd be baking away. Have stuff in the ovens. Notice it was about time for us to get dressed in our clothes and go to our next class soon so we'd do that. go to our next classes...completely forget that we left stuff in the oven. We normally were back within about 2 or 3 hours and half the time the stuff was still in the oven burning to a crisp. I don't know how we never caught the school on fire. Cooking has always been something I've enjoyed doing since I was a good...so it's not often that I royally screw things up to be honest.
@mandy_27 (67)
• Australia
20 Dec 07
I love to cook and still do sometimes, But since I had my baby I seem to get sidetracked all the time. I seem to burn alot of things these days and it makes me so mad. I go to all the trouble of making things and then burn them, it ends up such a waste of time. I really look forward to eating what ever I was cooking and then can't. I feel like cake right now......
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Can't say as it has happened to me. I love recipes. Even just reading them. Silly little quirk of mine! I will read the recipe no matter how much I have made it. I was making cookie cutouts one year and my 2 year old grand daughter wnanted to help so I taught her and she memorized the recipe! Following year, she still remembered it!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Haven't we all..I made cookies and they turned out great, BUT i made some praline candy and what a huge BLUNDER that was.The recipe said cook until a soft ball forms, so here i go and heck it looked like a soft ball to me, but i wasn't, SO i made another batch and this time i cooked it a long time and when i dropped a tiny bit in cool water it formed a ball ,hard ball, so i said to myself this is right so i made my candy and it was ok then..I do not do this all year so i forget..We all blunder at times,the worst part is having to discard what you just put a lot of ingredients into, but hey i was the dummy who did it,so i had to lick that calf over...P.S thats a saying here in Texas, if you mess up,then you have to lick your calf over, meaning do it again and do it right this time.LOL
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
20 Dec 07
I have definatly had a baking screw up in the past. When I was younget I decided that I was old enough to cook on my own. So I thew together a batch of sugar cookies while my parents were still in bed one morning. Everything was great. I remember eating about half of the raw dough just to make sure that it "tasted just right" I was doing an awesome job. Put the dought down on the pan and placed it in the oven at 350. All of a sudden a thick dark smoke filled the house and set off the smoke detector. I was freasking out not wanting to upset my parents. I opened windows and the doors to let the flood of smoke out. My father came flying out of the bedroom to find out what was going on. Turns out that the "pan" that I used to bake the cookies on was actually a plastic lid to a pan. The lid had melted all over the oven and there was plastic and dough everywhere. Needless to say that was the last time I baked in a long time LOL
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
19 Dec 07
My most memorable food failure also involves sugar, ctry. It was many years ago and I wanted to do something special for my uncle to cheer him up shortly after my aunt passed away. He had always loved blackberry cobbler(which my aunt made perfectly). Since I had a job cooking by then, I figured I could handle it, having seen my aunt make them so often. Well, the blackberry cobbler turned out looking very nice, but my joy was short-lived when he took that first spoonful and told me that I must have forgotten the sugar. I felt like crying, but he simply tore open the crust and added sugar to the pie and it all ended well.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Well my son was about 4 years old, he wanted Chestnut stuffing for Thanksgiving. I went to the produce store and I bought some Chestnut. I asked how to cook them the lady told me to put them in the oven at some temp and for a time span that I forget not. Well, I did that. No one told me to cut slits in them. They exploded all over the kitchen and dining room the minute I took them out of the dining room. CHestnut dust everywhere. In the cabinets, on the ceilings, walls, floors, appliances. What a mess!
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
19 Dec 07
I dont bake, mostly because i dont have the baking equipment, i'm not sure how good i am at it, as i've not done it since i lived at home and baked with my mom! I am sorry that your cookies didn't turn out! Just think though, now you have a funny (someday it will be funny) story to tell neexxt time you decide to make them, IF you decide to make them agian that is! Couldnt you have just added the sugar to the rest of the dough ? or you were just too frusterated at that point ?
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Dec 07
I never measure anything so I get plenty of oh nos in the kitchen. The most recent one that was really bad was that I made cookies and added WAY too much baking soda. They smelt and looked wonderful but we all grabbed a cookie each and bit into them. At first it was yum then all of us then puckered our faces and spit them out. They were awful. I had to throw them all out. I didn't have enough chips to make any more and that was the worst. Teaches me for not measuring.
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Yes I've done that. Once I overloaded the salt in a recipe (did tablespoons instead of teaspoons). The batter tasted blah, but I thought that once they were cooked you wouldn't notice. Well after I cooked them... you noticed :P Worse cookies ever!! It does make you scream but at the same time I've learned from that. So now I don't freak out about cooking and I instead say "if this doesn't come out, I'll pick something up at the store". That way I feel like I have an easy out if I screw it up.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I made some cook and serve lemon pudding a few months ago and forgot to add the sugar. I tasted it and could not figure out why it was so tart. It took me a minute to realize what I had done. I have accidently added a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon before to cookies. YUCK!