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My Big Easter Cookie Fail - Mommy Monday


Our readers have been asking for a Mommy Monday where my mommy takes over and say a few things. Apparently while they love reading about me, they would also love to get to know mommy a bit more. So here is my mommy just like you wanted!

There is a reason why I never do recipes on Growing Up Madison. I can cook well enough to feed my family, but I'm not that GREAT. I see all these amazing recipes and while I may have tried a few of them, especially those on my favorite food blog Foodie in WV, they almost never come out looking or maybe even tasting the way they should. My mom on the other hand can whip up something from scratch and it would taste amazing! I have been however hanging out a lot more in the kitchen so who knows, after all they say practice makes perfect.

This past week I received my Parents magazine and being that Easter is right around the corner, there are quite a few things in there that they have for the kids. One of them being these amazing cookies called Little Nibbles. This is my experience, it'll have you laughing.

Source: April 2014 Parents Magazine
That photo is taken from the April 2014 Parents Magazine and that's how the cookies are supposed to look! Granted the recipe was so simple and looked so easy to do. I said to myself, hey I can do that. I should have known better. As I mentioned before I don't have a single baking bone in my body.

This was the very simple recipe found on page 24:

  • Your own or store bought cookie dough
  • Corn Syrup
  • Water
  • Colored Sugar
  • Measuring Spoons
When cookies are done, press measuring spoons into the warm dough for prints. Whisk light corn syrup with a bit of water, brush into indents, and sprinkle on colored sugar. 
Very easy right? Now how can I possibly get this wrong?!


I got all my ingredients ready. Seeing that I had no idea how to make my own dough I went out and bought the pre-packaged one from Pillsbury. After all I'm sure they would come out so much better than me making my own. Look how nice they looked on the package, I was so sure that they were going to look as nice when I was done. 


It was as simple as putting the cookie squares in the oven. Simple as that. Sure the cookies looked great when they were done. Now all I had to do was make the indents with my measuring spoons and sprinkle on the colored sugar. Now this is where my failure came in. No-where did my cookie come out looking so nice and pretty as the ones in the magazine. Where were the paw prints? Instead mine looked like they were the result of Big Foot actually walking all over them instead of bunnies. 


Sure they tasted good but did they look good? No they did not! Granted to say that I did not do them all and instead had the kids eat them without the prints. I am not giving up though. I will be giving this a try again and maybe I'll have success. 

So tell me, have you ever made something that looked nothing like the magazine or even Pinterest? 

Annmarie John
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  1. A tip for the future -roll the dough into balls and they will come out round LOL. I have had that happen to me, too!

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    1. Great tip - I do think it is important to know what we can and cannot do... We can't all do it all, but these really probably tasted good.

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  2. It seems so easy doesn't it? Every time I find a recipe that I think is unique and I wanna try it, I tell myself, it looks so simple it'll turn out fine and a lot of the times I'm left wondering what the heck happened lol. But the cookies look good enough to eat though. Generally I have the hardest time with baking myself.

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  3. Yup, trust me they make it look so easy in the magazines and then it truly isn't. I think your cookies came out fine and sure they tasted good, too :) :)

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  4. OMG, That is too funny!! I am sorry you had a hard time with this but I have to admit, I love this post!! It made me smile and laugh! =) Keep trying! Never give up!!!!

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  5. I adore posts like this. I made brownies this week that were...ready for this? Bubbling in the oven. Like a stew. When I took them out, I poured off a layer of oil off of the top (I swear I measured!) and the texture was like caramel candy. How?!?!

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  6. It sure does look so easy but I have had numerous of those fails before. I now don't even bother trying. I remember trying to make a meal from a food magazine and it turned out to be a big mess. I now just stick with things I can actually make. :)

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  7. They do look easy. Great fun though.

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  8. Great question...how about oh, everything I've Tried! lol. When I try to duplicate something from Pinterest; it never turns out close. The last one, was baking a cadbury egg in the middle of a cupcake. Epic Fail!

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  9. Oh what a shame we look at things as adults do. I'm sure if you had carried on your children would have KNOWN they were paw prints. Kids are COOL like that. Blessings :)

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  10. I bet they still tasted yummy! I have had a few fails myself after attempting to make things from PInterest (Kim)

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  11. Oh yes, darling. I make such things all the time!

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  12. Nothing I make looks anything like it's supposed to. My kids know that when Mommy makes cookies, they'll taste good but they'll look funny.

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  13. I sure have, even crafts. But then again once in a while, they turn out even better than the article!

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  14. My cookies never look the magazine pictures either but they still taste yummy.

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  15. We've had plenty of kitchen fails in my house, too! All that's important is that they taste good! :)

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  16. haha! I adore Pinterest fails. I think there are whole blogs of them - you should submit this. The "Nailed it" photo montages. I love them.
    I bet Madison didn't mind how they looked, though!

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  17. I don't even try to do things that fancy. I have a Pinterest board that is called "Mine wouldn't look like that" where I put awesome recipes that I know would never turn out looking like they are supposed to! LOL

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  18. They don't look bad. I'm sure they tasted great. Amber N

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  19. I do not think they turned out too bad, maybe make your own cookie dough next time so you can have a larger cookie to work with. I am not good when it comes to decorating, I try like crazy though. Luckily it still tastes good and nobody turns down what I make.

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  20. Don't worry, I'm not such a great cook either. I try and I put a lot of love into the food that I prepare that will just have to be enough.

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  21. I tried to make the redlobster cheddar biscuits. they looked like corn bread crumble lol great post. ,amanda ripsam

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  22. I am no good at this kind of stuff either. I hope they at least tasted good

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  23. There's nothing wrong with your cookies! You should see some of my 'big disasters' as they've come to be known...I've learned they're not worth the tears, and if they still taste good to the kids, it's still a success!

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  24. Well all i can say is i hate trying to live up to what you see in magazines never works for me lol.

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  25. I wouldn't worry about it. I've found that some of the best tasting foods aren't the prettiest to look at.

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  26. Pinterest and magazines... mine never make the same mark either. But it is fun to try, and like you said, tasty too. :)

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  27. I think yours look fine! You know they have artistic directors for those magazine photo shoots -- they use all kinds of tools to make things look perfect.

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  28. Mine never look the same when I try to follow other peoples recipes LOL. Yours don't look bad and they still have the fun spring colors!

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  29. I think they used bigger cookies for the magazine to make their cookies. But I think it is great that you even tried as I have not been daring enough to try although I have been tempted.

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  30. It's the taste that counts! At least they still tasted good ;)

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  31. Hey, I'm sure they still tasted great! And I don't even want to get going on all the Pinterest trials I've ruined. It happens to all of us!

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  32. I have had many Pinterest Fails!!! I've learned that its all about what the end result tastes like... That's what matters!

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  33. Sure, don't we all have those lost in translation moments? I'm sure you're not alone, but heck, if they tasted good, you're doing alright!

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  34. I think we all have those times when things just don't turn out the way they do in pictures! At least it tasted great.

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  35. Ha - Pinterest is a trap! I never make anything that looks as good as it does on Pinterest! At least they tasted good. Nice to hear your "voice". Wishing you well my friend.
    xoxo

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