Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween :: Scary Cookie Experiment

Happy Halloween!!!  Hope had a spooktacular day!

I was very excited to spend the day baking chocolaty owl cookies for all of our trick-or-treaters!  I had seen Thomas Keller's Oreo cookie recipe on The Kitchn.  It's Bouchon Bakery's recipe for their famous chocolate cookies sandwiched with a white chocolate frosting.  Doesn't that sound divine and look adorable? 

I'm not usually a decorated cookie baker.  I love rustic desserts: simple pastries, fresh fruit tarts, traditional cookies, and buttery pound cake... food coloring and frosting doesn't usually do it for me.  But it's halloween!  So I bought a scary owl cookie cutter and even a piping bag and was ready!

But it was a disaster.  :-(  

The cookies were too crumbly and fragile to be easily assembled, my tiny kitchen looked like a chocolate tornado had hit the West Village, and the dough was way too buttery and sticky for cut-out cookies.  They lost their shape once they were cooked, and even after I cooled them for hours, they broke when I tried to pipe them with frosting.

The picture above is the uncooked dough... it had great promise, all before it got into the oven!

I thought it was just me, but after reading some of the comments on their post this morning, it looks like other halloween bakers had similar issues with the recipe.   (Don't you love recipe comments?)  I think some of the measurements in the recipe are off. 

Oh well!  I went ahead and assembled the ones I could, and the kids didn't seem to mind too much.  I think it helped that I also had a giant bowl of candy bars.    Happy Halloween!

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