Don’t Toss My Cookies

June 14, 2012

in dessert, dinner, salads, vegetarian

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!


1 Karen June 14, 2012 at 7:46 am

Waiting for your good news :)

2 Tamara June 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

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.

3 Rachel June 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

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 :)

4 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

Ah ha!!! Thanks!

5 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan June 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

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…

6 Lauren | Sweet Splendor June 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

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

7 SavoryandSavage June 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

Lol, loved the shots of the cookie disaster!

8 Stacie@ Snaps and Bits June 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

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

9 CJ at Food Stories June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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

10 Ashlee June 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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!

11 Lauren Podolsky June 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

Most of my cookies come out in one big blob but at least they are still delicious! Can't wait to hear the news!

12 purelylori June 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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 :)

13 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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

14 Amy June 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

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

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