xotamilxo Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:02pm
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Did You ever get so Discouraged as a Beginner and just throw out Your whole project ?? I made cookie's on a stick using Wilton's heart shaped cookie on a stick pan .Well, They came out more like cakes on a stick and most just feel off the sticks .My plan was to practice My piping with Them Today .I made Them yesterday and By the time I was done I just threw Them in the fridge.So Today I don't even want to go in there and practice with them .They are ugly and I spent all Day making Them Yesterday.I WANT TO GO FEED THEM TO THE BIRDS BUT THE BIRDS WOULD PROBABLY ALL DIE icon_sad.gif

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destineysway Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:23pm
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practice, practice, practice, you will get the hang of it icon_smile.gif

michellesArt Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:28pm
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don't be discouraged! everyone's been through those kinds of trials. i find that i like inserting the stick into the raw cookie, (i use bamboo skewers) and slowly twist and push it in. i make the cookies a bit thicker too to accomidate the stick. sometimes you just have to go back to the begining though it is sucky to seem like you wasted a day! don't give up and good luck!

jgifford Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:30pm
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I think we all understand completely! Even after doing cakes for 10 years, I have the occasional one that isn't fit for public viewing. Why do you think they came up with "Cake Wrecks"?? To keep us all from getting full of ourselves.

Chalk it up to another learning experience and don't be so hard on yourself. Things will come together - - kind of all at once - - and you'll do great things. icon_smile.gif

cakeyouverymuch Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 1:49pm
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Take those unsuccessful cookies, crumble them, throw a handful on top of a bowl of your favorite ice cream and store the rest of the crumbs in the freezer in a sealed bag. Pretend to your family that that was your plan all along.

Then, having fortified yourself with ice cream and (if you are so moved) a bit of a cry (though how anyone can cry over a bowl of ice cream topped with cookie crumbs is beyond me), try again with a sturdier recipe. A recipe that bakes up kind of cakey and soft will not work well with a stick. You need something more related to a sugar cookie or other recipe that will be more sturdy once its cooled. Also, your stick needs to be far enough into the cookie so its not top heavy or the cookie will tend to overbalance and break off at the top of the stick.

Texas_Rose Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 2:45pm
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Try the Wilton sugar cookie recipe, it comes out firm enough for sticks.

I don't really like the shaped pans with spaces for the sticks, I like to use a cookie cutter and just push the stick into the cookie. They come out looking better that way, nicer edges and all.

Also, don't pick them up by the sticks until they've cooled completely.

Sometimes I just bag the cookies and then tape the sticks onto the bags. It looks just as nice and then it's easier to eat.

TexasSugar Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 2:48pm
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Honestly I'd skip those pans.

Take two dowel rods and use those at guides for how thick you roll out your cookies, then take skewer or a lollipop stick and slide it into the cookie dough before you bake it.

cheatize Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 2:52pm
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If they're ugly, they're perfect for practice! Think how bad you'd feel if you uglied up a perfectly ugly cookie with crappy piping. lol

Practice on them then give them to the kids or whoever. Practice cookies don't have to be pretty. As long as the taste is there, people will eat free cookies.

cakegirl1973 Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 2:53pm
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practice, practice, practice, you will get the hang of it icon_smile.gif




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writersblock15 Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 3:13pm

I'm pretty sure all of us here have had the same experience when we first started. As a matter of fact, even experienced bakers will still have projects go wrong when we try new recipes or decorating techniques.

Don't give up. Try to determine why your cookies didn't come out the way they should have. By coming here and asking questions, I hope you find the answers. It might have been the recipe you used or maybe they weren't baked long enough. Then try again.

Apti Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 3:49pm
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I WANT TO GO FEED THEM TO THE BIRDS BUT THE BIRDS WOULD PROBABLY ALL DIE icon_sad.gif




That was so funny you made me snort! Oh, lordee lordee, we've all been there. I suggest you follow the excellent advice everyone has given (especially the one by cheatize).

lol....................

Rosie2 Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 4:21pm

We all been there dear. I've made ugly cookies and ugly cakes and I won't dare bring those to CC hi, hi! icon_smile.gif but yeah, my friend the answer is....ready??? okay, practice, practice, practiceeeee and what else?.....yup, more practiceeeee!!!!! icon_smile.gif in the meantime yes, get yourself a big bowl of ice cream and crumble those ugly cookies on top, hmmmm, I bet you they're delicioussss!!! thumbs_up.gif

I've felt like you many times and often I think, gosh if I quit right now what would I do with this 'world' of supplies that I've acquired ???!!! I'm stuck!!! LOL icon_biggrin.gif

Karen421 Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 5:57pm

Whether a beginner or experienced decorator, we have all had those days!! Heck - I had to make 2 dozen cupcakes, (cupcakes) for my daughter, a couple weeks ago, and I ended up baking 18 dozen! The chickens got 14 dozen because they all failed - cupcakes - of all things!!!! Geeessshhhhhh icon_eek.gif

cindy58 Posted 4 Nov 2011 , 6:17pm

Well, you did make us laugh and/or smile! When we make ugly cookies we call them "eaters", as in, eat the evidence before someone sees it. My husband's friends are happy to eat any ugly cookies that I need to get rid of.

Yes, I think we've all been there, if you keep practicing (and taking photos) you will see how much better you can get with each attempt.

Rosie2 Posted 5 Nov 2011 , 8:22pm
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keep practicing (and taking photos) you will see how much better you can get with each attempt.


Agree with Cindy, take pics and later on compare the 'before and after' and I'm sure you'll tell yourself "I knew I could do it"!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

cabecakes Posted 5 Nov 2011 , 8:56pm

Oh, I know full well the frustration of the days when absolutely nothing goes right. You have my sympathies. Just remember that baking is supposed to be fun. Don't let the minor details suck all the fun out of it. Soft cookies won't work well for stick cookies. Try to find you a stiffer recipe, maybe someone here has one they can share. This is a good place to start.

xotamilxo Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 12:52pm

Thank You All for the kind words ,I start cake decorating classes soon at Micheal's.I took the cookie's and used Them to practice My first Royal icing attempt and then threw them in the trash and called it a day thumbs_up.gif I have been baking since I was a little girl but nothing like this . I am a big time perfectest so I better get over it ...Thank You Sweet Sweet Ladies for the kind words,I really Appreciate You All !!!!!!!!
Tami

cookiemama2 Posted 6 Nov 2011 , 1:32pm

My mom has that pan and it does work but not everytime for her . She uses a shortbread recipe with it and they come out beautiful, when it works.

Makes me mad too when a recipe doesn't work out. I have had a few books that I have given away or just threw out because the recipes just don't seem to work out!

Tails Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 6:44am

Shame man icon_sad.gif

Try this recipe, its super easy, and his video on decorating with Royal Icing shows how to make cookie pops icon_smile.gif He also has a video for making these cookies, might help? icon_smile.gif

http://www.theauberginechef.com/recipes/#cookies

Came out really nice, tastes almost like shortbread. Stays nice and soft after baked.

chanielisalevy Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 11:19am
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch

Take those unsuccessful cookies, crumble them, throw a handful on top of a bowl of your favorite ice cream and store the rest of the crumbs in the freezer in a sealed bag. Pretend to your family that that was your plan all along.

Then, having fortified yourself with ice cream and (if you are so moved) a bit of a cry (though how anyone can cry over a bowl of ice cream topped with cookie crumbs is beyond me), try again with a sturdier recipe. A recipe that bakes up kind of cakey and soft will not work well with a stick. You need something more related to a sugar cookie or other recipe that will be more sturdy once its cooled. Also, your stick needs to be far enough into the cookie so its not top heavy or the cookie will tend to overbalance and break off at the top of the stick.




I SO LOVE YOUR WAY WITH WORDS! I smiled so wide some of my early morning coffee seaked out! (giggle) The the OP - there isn't one of us who can't recount a story like yours. Keep yoour chin up, learn from your mistakes (and others, that's why we read these posts) and keep on trying! You'll get the hang of it.

saapena Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 3:39pm

Just practice like all the others said! I am lucky I work with a bunch of people who are always happy to eat my "not so perfect" baked goods. I told my coworkers I was bringing red velvet cupcakes to my son's parents' weekend. They talked me into making a double recipe so I could bring some in and told me they know they are getting the "ugly" cupcakes and would be quite happy to eat them! And trust me, there are some rather lopsided cupcakes they will be getting lol.

I know it is frustrating when things do not go as planned but just keep baking and decorating! We all have days like that--I think I have more than most but that doesn't stop me! I know it is a passion for me, as I am sure it is for a lot of us on CC, and I cannot stop! Sometimes, I will take a short break, but I always come back to it--I enjoy it too much! You will get better!

inspiredbymom Posted 7 Nov 2011 , 7:29pm

Thanks OP! You reminded me of the first time I made sugar cookies about 30 years ago. They were so hard the dog (and I'm not kidding either) buried them in the pasture. My family had such a great laugh......I didn't make another one until about 3 years ago! If I didn't give up, you shouldn't either! Best of luck to you!

GeminiRJ Posted 8 Nov 2011 , 6:40pm

I've probably learned more from my mistakes than my successes, so don't lose heart. Cookie decorating is an art that can be mastered if you're interested and patient. Good luck!

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