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Cookie Chaos

CookiesThat cookie competition that I sort of regretted committing to just days after Thanksgiving? Well, apparently that wasn’t the only cookie mistake I made. Weeks ago I signed up to be part of a charity cookie swap online where bloggers bake cookies for other bloggers and ship them across the country.


I swear I create ALL of my own stress. Ok, not all. There are other people who create my stress too, but I’m certainly not helping myself lately. And I have to be honest, I plum forgot about the cookie swap. That is until I got a batch in my own mailbox. At first I was all like, how sweet! Someone sent me cookies. Isn’t that lovely? And then I was all like HOLY HELL I forgot to send people cookies!

Bad cookiesSo I got right to baking. The deadline to ship them was yesterday and I figured I’d be ok because how hard is it to make an original cookie recipe? Oh, did I forget to mention that part? Yeah, my recipe had to be an original. Still, not so hard, right? Riiiiight. (heavily laced with sarcasm)

My idea was pretty perfect in theory. Make some basic sugar cookie dough. Chop up some Rolos. Mix them together. Sprinkle with French sea salt and bake. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Ha. Let me tell you something about Rolos…

They don’t like to be baked. Matter of fact, it makes them really freakin’ angry. One broken spatula, one destroyed cookie sheet later, the Rolos won. I lost. No cookies were mailed out. And for the rest of the evening last night I spent my time chipping off Rolos from every surface in my kitchen while sipping wine. Lesson learned. Don’t mess with Rolos.

Citrus CookiesBut today was a new day and I still had to get the cookies off to the bloggers. Back to the mixer I went but this time with good results. I’ll share a link to the recipe once I put the post up on A Beautiful Bite.

As of today I don’t want to eat a cookie, bake a cookie, look at a cookie or even smell a cookie for the rest of the year. And my holiday baking season hasn’t even officially started yet. Oh, and guess what came in the mail today besides more cookies? (gah) My King Arthur Flour order with all of the ingredients for my ….. you guessed it… holiday cookies!

That box can sit there for a week or so.

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  1. Darn cookies! Double darn rolos. Love the look of the day 2 of baking cookies. xx

  2. I had no idea that Rolos were so stinking temperamental! I would have been in tears!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Melanie! Cookie chaos indeed! You seem to have recovered quite nicely and I look forward to checking out the new recipe on A Beautiful Bite later. Too funny about the Rolos and the mayhem they inflicted as they resisted being baked into cookies. I bet they still tasted good and the kids were the beneficiaries of the ‘not suitable to be shipped to other bloggers’ cookies. This weekend is supposed to get cold in New England so maybe you will feel like baking then and filling the house with warm sweet aromas.

  4. As a recipient of cookie #2, I am very excited….do I see citrus flecks???? Yum!
    And it’s best to just eat rolos on their own….at least in my opinion…less work to just unroll them and pop them in your mouth, rather than fuss with baking :)
    I have looked at both of your blogs and the food looks AMAZING! New bookmarks for me – YAY!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

  5. Ha ha I’ve tried making Rolo cookies too…my results were similar! I just received my cookies today and they are delicious!!! Thank you so much!

  6. I had to laugh when I read this post, because it sounds so much like me. I participated in a Pay It Forward in 2012 (Yes, 2012) and was supposed to make homemade gifts for 5 people, who were in turn supposed to make gifts for 5 people they knew. I trotted down to Whole Foods and got the ingredients I needed for a lovely sea salt scrub, and got to work. More than a year later, those jars of scrub are still sitting in my linen closet. At this point, I need to add a little something extra for 2013. At least you got your cookies in the mail in a reasonable amount of time. I can’t wait to see the recipe!

  7. You . . . Make. . . Me. . . Laugh . . . Kinda out loud in my own way, but I love reading your blog and I appreciate your posts. Plus, your kids are adorable and you are hilarious& it’s nice to know everyone’s lives are crazy, we all forget thing & live in a state of semi-chaos. Thanks, Kathie

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