Earlier in the week I had done a run through of these brownies…and they were such a terrible moment in my baking life. I was embarrassed. Horribly embarrassed. Thought I should give up baking forever kind of embarrassed.
After the initial let down and humiliation, I stepped away and let my head clear. Let my pride take the beating it so badly needed. Then I did what I always do when I fail at something – picked myself up, dusted myself off and then soldiered on.
My tenacity paid off. While not on the scale I would prefer because they do not look perfect, I accepted that this is still one recipe I have to keep working on. I accept that challenge.
But for now…It came out decently enough for me. I even took a picture for posterity. You know what comes out of this? Why, my brownie recipe at the end of the post!
Colin said that these brownies won over the QA department. I did half with the peppermint patties and half without. Deep down, I’m still a girl who loves her food simple despite the fact I am always trying to step up my baking game. I always keep trying to challenge myself and move out of my comfort zone.
I did the cookies yesterday and that felt fun. Different. Not an original thought for me, though. I got inspired from a cookie in Carson City, NV. From a buffet, nonetheless! It’s ok. I had a challenge in that I had to figure out how to get that brownie in the cookie. Believe me when I say it was a challenge. I won’t even touch on the thoughts that ran through my head on that one. Ok, maybe one vision that ran through my head: me viciously stabbing a cooked chocolate chip cookie and then shoving brownie batter in it. Yea, that’s not right, is it? I was a bit perturbed at that thought, to be honest.
I hope you enjoyed the picture of the brownie with peppermint patty and I hope I inspire you to bake this week or next!
Dark Chocolate Brownies
I purchased this color when it was about to be discontinued and there was a special sale for select colors to encourage purchasing. Of course I fell for it. I’m easily swayed by 50% off nail polish or 10 for $30. I fully admit it.
Elliot works with Mr Carinae. Elliot made me happy. To show my appreciation, I decided to bake. My baking is better than my cooking.
I ate a cookie when I was in Carson City, Nevada, 2 weekends ago. I thought it was a plain old chocolate chip. Au contraire, mon frère! This cookie startled me – it was stuffed with a freakin’ brownie! Or was it a chocolate cookie? At any rate, I was bound and determined to replicate it.
I used my Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, but this time I used mini chocolate chips instead of regular sized ones.
I made brownies, let them cool and then used a cute little 1 inch diameter heart shaped cookie cutter. Pretty little heart shaped brownies!
I was all excited when UPS delivered my package. For some reason, last week went by a lot faster than I had realized…and suddently, here it was, Monday and there was a pretty little package waiting for me. From Chanel.
Look at the pretty label shots I did. That’s a HINT of the colors to come.
The rest of the awesome swatched colors are behind the jump! WARNING: The images are big and heavy. Please click the images to blow them up to their original sizes…and see my awful cuticles.
It’s been a while, but here is China Glaze’s Swing Baby. I’d type more, but it’s hot. I can’t focus.
It’s a Blue Monday post. I was listening to some New Order the other day.
This is also part of China Glaze’s Summer 2011 Collection called Island Escape.
I decided to play with the LaRosa crackles, too!
Ah…the joys of owning nail polish. I can do fun comparisons. It never entered my head to keep up the comparisons when I started doing them last year, but as my collection grew I noticed there were some that really were so close to others that I had to put them side by side and let them duke it out!
I am featuring Revlon’s Sunshine Sparkle in this post because I’ve already written about Chanel’s Mimosa.
Yet another part of Zoya’s Intimate collection for spring 2011, Marley is a delicate color that is quite gorgeous…