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!

14 thoughts on “Don’t Toss My Cookies

  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

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