This is not my SHF #17 entry . . .

| March 9, 2006 | 4 Comments

. . . and here’s why: if there was an award for WORST cookie ever, this one would win hands (and rock hard clumps) down.

Yes, it’s true. Cucina Bella has bad recipe days too. I know, that is difficult to digest, but everyone has their moments. Even me.

Let me tell you how this all started. The SHF #17 theme is dairy so I put my thinking cap on and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to make my son some homemade zwieback cookies.

But since he’s on a wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free diet, I had to be sure to use alternative ingredients. Instead of milk, I used rice milk. Instead of butter, margarine. And instead of all-purpose flour, sweet rice flour.

I searched the web a bit and looked at several recipes for zwieback and mirrored my own after them. My ingredients were similar, but with a twist – I added vanilla and cinnamon for a bit extra flavor.

I mixed diligently. Then I kneaded with care. But the dough just wouldn’t form a ball, so I tossed in a bit extra water to help it along. Finally it bonded together . . . a little. Then I covered the ball and waited for it to rise. It didn’t. But I forged ahead and separated the dough into pieces and placed it on the cookie sheet. Then I waited for it to rise again. It didn’t. But I thought maybe it had and I just was too distracted to notice (I have a crawling 7 month old who has a penchant for getting to the front door to look out, after all).

Then I baked. Yes, I was still holding out hope that they would pull through and be the miracle cookie.

They didn’t. They weren’t.

So here is what I created: a fragrant, cracked rock exterior with a gelatinous interior. Can you say EWWWW?!?

I did put them through half of the second bake, but ultimately found that they just weren’t going to work for me. At all.

So now it’s back to the old drawing board for a killer recipe for Sugar High Friday, provided the recipe doesn’t create something that could crack a windshield or be used as a makeshift hockey puck.

At least I got some good pictures though.

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Virtual Frolic says:

    That’s hilarous! Hey, maybe you could use them for some landscaping outside =) I’m sure the dogs would enjoy them..

  2. Sarah says:

    LOL, they might make good bird feed materials – I’m afraid the dogs might crack a tooth on them though. Heehee

  3. Sarah says:

    Combining mothering and cookiemaking can lead to some unexpected results. In my quest to reduce the sugar in cookies, I tried two new things: I made sweet potato cookies – they were very good. I made prune cookies. They were very, very, very bad.

  4. Sarah says:

    ooh i might have to try that
    (sweet potatoes)…on the positive side, my husband gave some of my disasters to my dogs today and they loved it . . . i might have stumbled onto a really good healthy dog treat!

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