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This is best looking sheet out of five.  :-( I wanted dark chocolate cookies with crushed candy canes.  It didn't work.   Took a long time to "peel" all those canes.  I
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Failure cookies

posted at 12/9/2010 10:55 PM EST
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This is best looking sheet out of five.  :-(
I wanted dark chocolate cookies with crushed candy canes.  It didn't work.   Took a long time to "peel" all those canes. 
I wonder why the celophane is almost impossible to remove. 
The cookies flattened out horribly and the canes melted and ran all over - to turn hard as glass when cool.
Oh well ---------

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/10/2010 5:18 AM EST
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The only way to find out if something works is to try it, and you did.  At least you tried!

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/10/2010 6:05 AM EST
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NANCY   ;They don't look so bad to me & I can prmise you , my hubby would have enjoyed eating them anyway( he's a real trooper/brave soldier) He's had lots of experience w/ oops cookies & often dunks them into his cuppa coffee/tea & proclaims them "realy good; Wink   folowed by: "next time just  let me buy some  day old cookies(marked down to 1/2 price)Money mouth & you take it easy & read your book w/one of the kitties in your lap"Kiss

To quote hubby" I NEVER MET A COOKIE, I DIDN'T LOVE"
KissKiss

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This is best looking sheet out of five.  :-( I wanted dark chocolate cookies with crushed candy canes.  It didn't work.   Took a long time to "peel" all those canes.  I wonder why the celophane is almost i mpossible to remove.  The cookies flattened out horribly and the canes melted and ran all over - to turn hard as glass when cool. Oh well ---------
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/10/2010 6:09 AM EST
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MARY JO   ;  i THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA & HOPE TO TRY IT MYSELF  ONE OF THESE DAYS( whenIgetsomecandy canes intothehouse.
I wishwe couldtell/sugestto  Nancy what wentwrong so she can bake a second & more successful batch.Undecided

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The only way to find out if something works is to try it, and you did.  At least you tried!
Posted by Mary Jo T

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/10/2010 6:20 AM EST
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I used the recipe for "Mint Chocolate Delights" .... chocolate cookies with Nestles chocolate and mint morsels.  I've made it before (without the mint chips) and and it's a good recipe.  I use half regular cocoa and half dark chocolate. 

The problem was the peppermint..  I think I remember reading a recipe somewhere that made a similar cookie without the crushed peppermint......... baking the cookie and sprinkling it on immediately after removing the sheet from the oven.
I do love peppermint and wish this worked.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/12/2010 7:46 PM EST
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Sorry your cookies didn't turn out like you wanted Nancy.  Andes Candies has a peppermint baking chip that I used to change up a recipe last year.  It really makes for a colorful cookie and the chips are soft like regular chocolate chips but with a peppermint taste and color.  Most of the stores around here like grocery stores, Target and Walmart  sell them before the holidays.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 12/12/2010 9:00 PM EST
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Yes, H.M., Youre right ... and I have a couple bags of the green and chocolate Andes baking chips in my freezer along with their red and white chips - Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, Creamy Chips with Bits of Peppermint Crunch. 
But I just had to try the real peppermint sticks. ~sigh~

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 1/28/2011 9:47 PM EST
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Sorry your cookies didn't turn out as you wanted.  I'll bet they still tasted delicious.  As Ann mentioned, you could dunk them if they were on the hard side.  Try again with the Andes baking chips.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 1/28/2011 9:50 PM EST
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Thanks Marie .... I did turn to the peppermint Andes chips.  I bought many bags to stock up and I'm glad I did.  They are no longer in any local stores.  The Andes green and chocolate mint chips are still here but not the much better red and white.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 1/28/2011 11:00 PM EST
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I'm on a serious diet, Nancy, they look great to me! I'd probably eat them and think they were wonderful. Great attempt for you anyway. Everyone has a flop every now and then but think of all the successes you've had. Sure is aggravating though isn't it?

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 1/28/2011 11:51 PM EST
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Nancy, when the peppermints began to melt, it added extra, unwanted moisture to your cookies. Perhaps a bit more flour.

PS: to peel them, chill them in the freezer a bit then run the tip of a sharp paring or steak knife down them.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 2/4/2011 8:49 AM EST
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I dislike having any kind of cooking failure - considering the cost of ingredients and the time invested.  However, to err is human and there are worse things that can happen in life.  I know that sometimes I take myself too seriously.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 2/5/2011 1:11 PM EST
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For crushing candy canes I just put them in a freezer zip bag with the wrapper on.  Then beat them with a hammer for awhile.  Then I open the bag and remove the plastic overwrap, while shaking out any candy cane chunks that are left in it.  I think it's easier that way.

I love the peppermint crunch Andees mint baking pieces.  I even made a fudge with them that everyone loves.  You can add them to brownie mixes to give them a wonderful flavor.  Also great to take pretzels dunked in white chocolate and then coat them with the peppermint chip pieces, yummmmm!

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 2/21/2011 10:38 PM EST
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Next time try putting a little glaze on the cookies and then sprinkling the candy canes on top of that.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/16/2011 6:34 PM EDT
Posts: 488
First: 7/31/2011
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In Response to Failure cookies:
This is best looking sheet out of five.  :-( I wanted dark chocolate cookies with crushed candy canes.  It didn't work.   Took a long time to "peel" all those canes.  I wonder why the celophane is almost i mpossible to remove.  The cookies flattened out horribly and the canes melted and ran all over - to turn hard as glass when cool. Oh well ---------
Posted by Nancy G


Why not buy cookie sheets???
Or... what i do is put foil it comes out fine..

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/16/2011 7:55 PM EDT
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hee hee - Retaj - I have lots of cookie sheets and always use them.  I bake better than I write - thank goodness. 
100% of the time I use precious baking parchment.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/16/2011 7:57 PM EDT
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I bet they still were better than some cookies I have tried to make.  LOL  Perhaps you should try a small batch of a new type using most of the dough with a tried and true recipe.  That way you know you will have good cookies & if one cookie sheet of cookies is not so good it won't be such a big deal.

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/17/2011 12:22 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Failure cookies:
For crushing candy canes I just put them in a freezer zip bag with the wrapper on.  Then beat them with a hammer for awhile.  Then I open the bag and remove the plastic overwrap, while shaking out any candy cane chunks that are left in it.  I think it's easier that way. I love the peppermint crunch Andees mint baking pieces.  I even made a fudge with them that everyone loves.  You can add them to brownie mixes to give them a wonderful flavor.  Also great to take pretzels dunked in white chocolate and then coat them with the peppermint chip pieces, yummmmm!
Posted by Jill C


What a great idea, Jill. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/17/2011 5:22 AM EDT
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The important thing is how did they taste?

Re: Failure cookies

posted at 8/17/2011 6:34 AM EDT
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At least you tried.  Cellophane is difficult to remove.
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