Don’t Toss My Cookies

Yesterday afternoon Abe and I stopped by the LA Film Festival Headquarters downtown to pick up our press passes…



…back home I had a little snack while studying the schedule.


See how pretty these thumbprint cookies from Breakaway Bakery are?


I had high hopes for my own version, as well.


Our friends Jae and Randall recently had a baby, and we made an impromptu visit last night. I threw together a quick casserole, and while the oven was on I opened a roll of Sugar Cookie Dough, formed them into giant balls, and filled them with Passion Fire Pepper Jelly.


Pretty, right? How could this go wrong?


I’ll tell you how: too much dough, and too much thumb.




(Things just got worse from there.)



Well, at least the main attraction turned out lovely. This was Heidi’s recipe for a Mushroom Casserole – I replaced the rice with couscous, the eggs with egg whites, and the Sour Cream with Greek Yogurt, courtesy of Oikos.


A real winner – with plenty of leftovers for the busy new parents!


On the side, I made a quick Spinach Salad with Parmesan Cheese and crushed Mango Chipotle Zinger Almonds, tossed with TJ’s Green Goddess.



One last transfer of the cookies. Each time I moved them, they got more mangled!



Still quite good, though. Sweet, chewy, and spicy.


I wound up having two!


Thanks for all your Philly/D.C. food recs. Unfortunately I just found out I have to cut my trip short now…but for a very good reason. Will share the news soon!

  • Karen

    Waiting for your good news :)

  • Tamara

    Can’t wait to hear the news, either!

    That casserole looks delish. (And so do the cookies, to me! They get mangled in our mouths, anyway. :D) I like your subs, especially the couscous and Greek yogurt.

  • Rachel

    A quick tip to keep butter cookie dough from spreading like that in the future — after you roll out the cookies and put the thumbprints in, chill the dough in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before baking. Dough spreads like that when it’s too warm :)

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      Ah ha!!! Thanks!

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh my gosh, your poor cookies! Haha. They look like they tasted good anyway… 😉

    Got your tweet, but I don’t see anything in my inbox yet…

  • Lauren | Sweet Splendor

    What happened to your cookies, has happened to mine so many times! At least you make the best of a bad situation :)

  • SavoryandSavage

    Lol, loved the shots of the cookie disaster!

  • Stacie@ Snaps and Bits

    Oh, poor cookies! At least they were tasty. Make sure to let us know if you ever master them–there must be some trick!

  • CJ at Food Stories

    Looks like a mishap that would happen in my kitchen … Bet they tasted great, though :-)

  • Ashlee

    Thats okay not all of our cooking can turn out perfect every time! I bet they were still delish! Thank you for sharing and have fun at the film fest!

  • purelylori

    Can’t wait to hear about the good news!!!!
    And so sorry about the cookies, we have made so many ‘failure’ cookie recipes. Glad they still tasted good :)

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      oh that makes me feel so much better to hear the pro’s goof too!

  • Amy

    Your cookies made me laugh mainly because I could see it happening to me!