Are you a cookie monster?

@p1kef1sh (45638)
March 10, 2008 7:23am CST
I am the World's worst cookie maker. I am useless, whenever I try to make the blooming things then something goes wrong. I follow the recipes to the letter, and they don't work. I make it up as a I go along, and it doesn't work. The birds in our garden are fed some of the most expensive bird food in the Country. Are you a cookie cook that all your friends and neighbours love to visit so that they can get their hands on your delicious cookies. Or are you like me - grateful that at least you can buy the things in the stores.
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• Malaysia
3 May 08
i am a cookie monster like in sesame street. munch munch... i don't bake and cook. i only eat. sometimes i become the cook's helper and help myself with the cookies while it is still hot. hehe... ok, i don't bake. but i know how it feels like to watch the cookies turn from pretty to pretty bad in front of your very eyes. try the premade cookie dough first. you'll gain confidence in baking more and more good cookies. *wink* whatever the recipe said about the baking time, it really depends on what kind/brand of oven you use. they usually have different settings. check the oven's booklet and the recipe and pick the time in between the two (oven booklet/recipe) and watch the cookies. simple cooking rule: you can always cook the undercooked but you can't do anything if it's overcooked you will want to adjust your recipes to your own need. another good cooking rule: ask mom, but don't let her know you don't follow her exact words, you just need a hint :P
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@snowy22315 (67139)
• United States
3 May 08
try the packaged mixes. You can always put your own touches on them to make them more special.
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@Hatley (164338)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jun 08
oh pikefish my cookies are a disaster and like you I have followed the directions to a t and still they look like more like flying frisbees than cookies Nobody would want one of my cookie disasters not my son or even my husband when he was alive. they were 'totally inedible. but the dogloved them lol.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Jun 08
Dogs are such non judgmental digesters of our efforts aren't they? LOL
@youless (97697)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Mar 08
On last weekend I successfully made cookies at home and I was so proud of it. I don't know why you failed it as you already followed the instruction. I suggest you to use an electrical mixer to mix the butter with sugar. As it works the best.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
12 Mar 08
I think that the fault lies in my conversion from US cups to European metric. Too much butter.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I can make some pretty good cookies but I never make it up as I go along. :) I have some pretty good recipes that I follow and sometimes I will alter them as I see fit but they always turn out. Well, not ALWAYS...I have burnt a couple batches before and I think I added too much salt to some peanut butter cookies once. Yuck. I like some store bought cookies too though, less work. My favorite is when I am in Mississippi, my kids step-mom LOVES to bake. She always has yummy desserts and cookies for me to eat! Once in awhile I help most of the time I watch, chat and "help" eat the finished product! :)
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
I would like your rejects to be my best. I cannot make a cookie to save my life. The recipe looks easy. The mixing seems easy, but once it hits that oven. It's all over.
@lilybug (21147)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I am one of the ones that makes great cookies. Mine always turn out great. My sister-in-law always complains that I am bad for her diet because I am always baking cookies and making candies and good meals when she is around. They are not bad on a diet for me because I make them, but I do not eat them. I usually only eat one or two out of a whole batch when I make them.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
I think that I hate you Lilybug. But in a nice way.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I have a few baked goods recipes that I do well but, I am better with regular cooking on a stove top. Pastries, cookies, cakes and other sugary confections elude my skills. I do ok with some. I make a really tasty peanut butter cookie with a hershey's kiss on top. I make a mean pumpkin cheesecake swirl pie and mini cheesecakes which are basically cupcake sized cheesecakes with a nilla wafer crust. I also make a heck of an apple pie. But, cakes...nope! Most other cookies...uh uh! I am just not as good at baking sweet treats as I am at cooking delicious dinners. And, I hear that a lot as far as my friends. Some are really great with the baked sweets but don't do all that well with meals.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
i can do the meals and actually I am not that bad at puddings and cakes. But cookies defeat me.
@gemini_rose (16193)
10 Mar 08
I bet I can give you a run for your money on the old rubbish at cookie making stakes! I have followed countless cookie recipes and they all come out tasting like gooey biscuits, and they are always soft, and they are always in the tin for days until they get thrown out for the birds, who have now eaten so many they are mistaken as chickens because they can no longer fly! I even tried to follow a foolproof kids recipe for making them and still the same result, but there you go, I can bake a cake, cakes come out perfect for me, but only when I make them from scratch. I remember one time I wanted to make a birthday cake for someone but I didnt think I would have time to do it from scratch so I bought ready made cake mix, followed the instructions, stuck it in the oven, came out flatter than when it went in. I thought oh no what do i do, so I quickly whipped up some from scratch and it came out great. Its funny how I can do some things brilliant and other things just awful.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
I can bake cakes and they generally do fine. But cookies defeat me. Like you, mine never harden, and usually they turn into some sort of slick in the tin. I know that I have messed up the US Cup to UK metric conversion, but even British recipes defeat me. I made some shortbread a few months back. That went the opposite way. It went so hard that the only way to eat it was by giving it a good dunk in my tea first. Which, for me, is not a chore. LOL.
@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 08
I love baking cookies and eating my cookies as well. Most of the time my mom will gives me the duty for preparing/baking cookies for our Eid days. I baked them all by my own and last year I managed to make around 700 cookies from 7 types of different taste cookies. I think, there is nothing wrong with the recipe but how we deal or work with them to produce a good dough. May be what you can do is just learn to adjust a little bit when preparing your dough according the ingredients you have. My cookies are always became a main topic when my friends and relatives come to visit my home, and I always feel proud with my self that I can make them feel satisfied eating the cookies.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
700 cookies. That's very impressive.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I used to be able to bake cookies. Every Christmas I would bake tons of cookies for everyone around to enjoy. I am not sure of the reason but I do not bake that often anymore. I baked a few things at Christmas. Try this: Cake mix 1/2 cup oil 1/4 cup water 1 egg 6 oz chcoloate chips or like Mix altogether and spread into a 9x13x2 or a 9x9 or 11x7 for thicker cookies. Bake at 350 degrees. for aprox 25-35 min. 35 being for the thicker one.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
Thank you. If I can find some cake mix (I am sure that they must sell it here) I shall give it a go.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
10 Mar 08
My cakes and yeast breads often get screwed up...they just don't want to rise well....luckily I like dense breads and baked goods :) I like making cookies...I almost always make them up as I go and alter recipes to make them healthier. They usually turn out pretty good but sometimes I think the dough tasted better than the baked finished product
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
When I was a boy I had a n aunt that was a superb pastry cook. She taught me how to make just about anything in the sweet line, but never a cookie. I don't know why. Bread i love to make and mostly they come out well. Anything that it too dense can always be toasted. But I just cannot do cookies. Once in a hot oven, the mix turns to a slick and the party's over.
• Canada
10 Mar 08
Whew, thanks for putting this forward. I too, I follow the directions to the TEE. I always feel like a heel, especially when I am there with my granddaughter trying to create cookies. Once again thanks for putting the question forward. Now I have new directions to look to help me out with the cookie problem.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
Here was I thinking that all North American women were born with the ability to make great cookies! Welcome to the the club.
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
hahha... this made me smile... well actually... I really don't know how to cook.. I keep on spying on how my bf cook but still Im here, naive,numb when it comes to cooking.. hehe.. fortunately, you are right... at least we can buy the things in the stores... Instant foods for unfortunate people like me who cant cook...
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
LOL. I love to cook, I can cook. I just cannot turn out a decent cookie. Perhaps we could get together with some of the super duper cooks on this site and be taught how to make all that stuff that we love but struggle with.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
10 Mar 08
hahaha Its taken a lot of practice for me to get it where it is today LOL I cheat and buy those ready made mixes and just add the oil, butter or egg. I do burn them on occasion though - you would think I know my oven well enough to set it correctly and time it too, but noooo I still burn things. If in doubt buy them at the store - can't go wrong there!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
That's cheating. How sensible!! Store ones always seem to come out just right.
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@vera5d (4006)
• United States
10 Mar 08
i too made terrible cookies. I have found the secret is to use good baking pans, make sure the butter is super soft, and for me turn my oven down by 50 degrees (so instead of cooking at 350, i cook at 300) - it's off by quite a bit. I also completely stopped following recipes. I have no idea of how much of anything actually goes into my cookies!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
You sound like my sort of cook Vera. My butter if often too hard I think, although I leave it for hours to get to room temperature. If I give it a quick blast in the microwave to warm, it usually come out looking sadly liquified.
@ElicBxn (61051)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I don't seem to have a trouble when I cook. But I hate to cook so I'm glad to have stuff I can get at the store.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
I love cooking. But I have to be in the mood. The store is certainly useful though for all those "tricky" things that I cannot get right - like cookies!
@ellie333 (21018)
10 Mar 08
No I cheat and buy assorted biscuits from the supermarket, will bake a cake with my son but my rock cakes really too turn out like rocks, not even the birds will eat them, and cookies the same! Ellie :O
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
My mother in law always used to make hot cross buns on Good Friday. One of those and you didn't need to eat again all day. I can cook, but cookies and biscuits defeat me. Virtually all our American friends on this site seem to have been brought up making them. Every time that I try, something goes wrong.
• United States
10 Mar 08
I have been bribed by my boss and my sons Kindergarten teacher for my chocolate chip cookie recipe. I will take it with me to my grave if one of my daughters isn't fortunate enough to get it from me. I believe I do make the worlds BEST chocolate chip cookies. But my skill stops there. With the exception of a moist chewy oatmeal raisin cookies I have found an excellent recipe for the chocolate chip ones are the only 2 kinds I can make that my kids don't end up using to built forts with. So like most things when it comes to women, I am a part time master cookie maker, part time monster. And it doesn't even have to be that time of the month for the cookie monster in me to rear her ugly head :)
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
OK. I shall struggle to pass as one of your daughters I think. So, does your boss need a new employee or will your son's kindergarten teacher notice that her newest charge is a little more elderly than the average new kid? You are of course a natural born genius in all matters domestic so I am not surprised that cookie cooking is on the list too. I have no doubt that you are hiding a veritable treasure trove of cookie recipes somewhere there and that, along with breaded pork chops there is more than a little of the domestic goddess there. LOL.
@novataylor (6572)
• United States
10 Mar 08
Mornin,darlin!!! I love to cook, and I do, but I don't bake. I can't think of the last time I baked cookies or a cake. And it's a good thing, because I have a monster sweet tooth and I'd just eat it all up. So what goes wrong with your cookies anyway? There's gotta be something, darlin, I can't imagine you messing things up too badly. If they're chocolate chip, make sure you refrigerate the dough before you put them on the cookie sheets and they'll come out soft and chewy. There - my one piece of advice about baking. :)
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
Good morning to you as well. I hope that you slept well. For me, fridge to mouth is probably the safest method. It's the cooking bit that defeats me!
@mrpippo (756)
• United States
10 Mar 08
go to (food.com) and they have some real easy cookie recipes for you to try , they are very easy to do and they are very tasty too
@p1kef1sh (45638)
10 Mar 08
Thank you for the tip. I shall go along and see what they've got. A teacher that they could beam down to me might be helpful too. LOL.