Yes, a Pinterest fail. One of many, actually. This is just one I decided to write about.
I was looking on Pinterest for some recipes in which I could use an egg replacement powder instead of an egg. Easy enough, right? I saw some opportunities with cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.
I was eyeing some lemon bars, but thought that might be too much of a stretch because I know the amount of yolks that go into those. So, I decided on some lemon box cake cookies! They looked light and lemony and perfect. Here’s the initial pin:
See how fluffy they are? (Please make note of the fluffiness…. it comes back later…)
I checked out the recipe and it was super easy.
Just one Lemon Box Cake (with pudding in the mix)
One container of Cool Whip (thawed)
1 Large Egg (I was going to use the egg replacement from Bob’s Redmill)
I mean, there were only 3 ingredients, how could I screw this up???
All I had to do was mix the cake mix and egg (replacement), and then fold in the Cool Whip. I actually followed the directions! The dough was delicious, I had a few spoonfuls before I tossed the cookies in powdered sugar and put them on the baking dish.
Based on how the image in the pin looked, I just dropped the little balls of dough on the parchment like I would any other cookie and then popped them in the oven. I had 2 full pans of cookies. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I always have more cookies than the recipe states I should have. And this case was no different. Whatever, I just went with it.
I set the timer on the oven for 11 minutes. When the timer went off, I opened the oven door and….. cussed. The “cookies” had totally spread out and merged. And the other pan where I had only put 3 cookies per row, had also gone flat, and burned…
TOTAL SUCCESS?? LOL!
I wasn’t exactly devastated, but I was not happy. I had company coming for the weekend and wanted something nice for them to munch on. Dammit!!
I did test some of the cookies and, no surprise, they weren’t light and fluffy… They were a little bit on the chewy side, but still tasted lemony.
So, what can we learn from this??
- You gotta laugh this stuff off! I immediately posted my stellar results on IG, sent a pic to my husband and laughed. What else can you do??
- It is probably a good idea to test your oven temperature. And to test it in different locations inside the oven. I had burned and unburned cookies from the same rack on the oven… Weird, right?
- Don’t blame the egg replacement. I’m not sure if this is what caused the cookies to fall flat or not. I thought that using a cake based recipe would really test the replacement, but as it wasn’t a traditional use of the box cake, I really can’t be sure. It is the scientist in me that will need to further experiment!
- Pinterest is still a good source for recipes and other fun things! Don’t let one fail ruin the fun. I’ve learned from this, and you will learn from your fails too, Pinterest or otherwise.
Side note: After the cookie fail, I ended up making some salted caramel bars and some healthy Mounds bars that were OUTSTANDING! I’ll post the recipes next week!
If you want the original recipe that I used (trust me, they really tasted great), then check it out here, at TidyMom’s site.