Aug 082014

How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You ever want to just whip up a batch of cookies for your kids and watch their faces light up? That’s what I had in mind when I decided to make these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Here is my delicious recipe (well, my mom’s actually)!


  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 cups of instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate


This recipe seemed easy enough for me to make, so I went ahead with it.

1. Come to find out I didn’t have any butter, so I used applesauce instead, seems legit.

2. In a large bowl I mixed “the butter” in with the sugars until they were light and fluffy. And then I beat in the eggs and vanilla. Last but not least, I slowly added in all of the other ingredients according to my mother’s recipe.

3. JUST KIDDING. I actually didn’t pay attention to what the directions said and I accidentally put everything in one bowl. I figured I can’t waste all of these ingredients, so I went ahead with the recipe.

How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Bowl

4. Much to my dismay, at the end it says the mixture needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour. WHAT? I told my kids we were making cookies tonight. So, I throw it in the freezer for 20 minutes.

5. I put the little “balls” of mixture onto the cookie sheet and placed in my preheated 320 degree oven. “BAM” I thought…”these cookies are going to be amazing.”

How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe

6. Ten minutes later I look into my oven and they look like anything other than Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies (see picture above).

That is how you fail at making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. In all honesty, these were delicious, but they weren’t quite in the right “cookie” form to devour correctly.

  90 Responses to “How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. If they were delicious, that must mean the applesauce trick worked. I’ve always wondered…
    Sorry you didn’t get pretty cookies. Been there, done that. 🙂

  2. As they are they tasted good then I am still all for it! 🙂

  3. Lmfao!!!!! X a million! These things look like you popped them with a pin! Can’t say I would try them though!

  4. I have been there, sometimes I get distracted or I misread the directions! i made cookies a few weeks back that called for 2 1/2 cups of flour and I only used 1 1/2 cups! Epic fail!

  5. I love this! I’ve only messed up cookies a few times, always new recipes but I felt like a tool! I’m so glad I’m NOT the only one who has made a boo boo. Thanks:) at least they tasted good, that’s all that matters!

  6. If you make them again, (I know when they are a fail in your mind you don’t want to make them again) just make them in bar form. Then cut them up, and bam you have good bars to eat.

  7. LMAO I Also put everything in the bowl. I don’t get this add this slowly then add this who has time for that?

  8. not sure what happened – maybe they did need a little butter – even though 2 cups seems like quite a bit – lol

    glad they tasted good anyway 🙂

  9. Some of my worst fails turned out to taste really good. With the humidity we have been having in the EAST. You probably just needed to add some more flour.

  10. Ha! I’ve had plenty of fails too. As long as they tasted good it’s all that matters!

  11. HA. Been there done that. Love that you can find the lighter side when things dont go as planned.

  12. Ha I can so relate to this- I always forget to read the directions first and try to rush the process when I am in a hurry!

  13. LOL I’m going to try your moms recipe! Following directions is essential in baking. 🙂

  14. Oh no! I hate when that happens. I am glad they tasted good.

  15. Oh my goodness, and this is why I don’t bake. I’m horrible at it. Good effort though. At least you tried.

  16. Ooops. See I would have broke them up and sprinkled on ice cream! hahahah I have used apple sauce and generally have ok results.

  17. Substitutions in baking don’t always go as planned. lol Good effort though!

  18. Hahahaha! This is so awesome. Thank you for sharing your mishap!

  19. Who needs directions! Did they taste good? Yes? Boom. Cookie champ.

  20. You don’t want to know how many times I fail at making cookies. LOL. I tried a recipe recently that was a total flop. I should have blogged it. LOL

  21. I would have eaten them anyway.Cookies are cookies when you’re a kid.

  22. I think the non perfect cooking posts are turning into my favorites! Anyway, I just see one big, delicious cookie, what’s the issue?

  23. I love it. You just found another new recipe that is all. Tell the boys it was a science experiment and that is why it is important to follow directions.

  24. Ha, ha, ha… that is how it always looks when I bake; which is why I just don’t do it. LOL

  25. I always grit my teeth when I forget to separate the dry ingredients from the wet. As long as they taste good, though, that’s what really counts!

  26. honestly refrigerating wouldn’t have done anything. That is to firm up the real butter. As long as they tasted good right.

  27. They look super crispy! Some people love that!

  28. LOL! At least they were good! My mom used to make cookies and when they turned out like that she would call them ‘flat, stupid things’ LOL

  29. I think we’ve all had those fails. My bread tastes great, but looks awful.

  30. sometimes our cooling mistakes taste the best. Next time just say your were making an oatmeal chocolate chip dessert pizza.

  31. LOL! Are you sure this counts as a failure?

  32. That’s how some of the greatest recipes are created. By accident! Maybe I’ll try 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup of butter and see how it turns out.

  33. I think we’ve definitely all been there before! I don’t think I’d call it a fail, but rather, a learning experience 😀

  34. I’d say the only problem was the applesauce because it made th batter too thin. And it was a smart substitute for the oil. Put it in a bowl and call it a fancy at to eat cookies- with a spoon.

  35. This is hilarious! I love it! The recipe does sound delicious too!

  36. Oh wow, yea I think 2 cups of butter seems a bit extreme, but I bet with 2 cups of butter it was extremely delicious!!

  37. haha! I had to read the title twice. It is refreshing that not everyone is Pinterest perfect in the kitchen

  38. If you had little girls, you could have just put some pretty frosting on them and said it was a big flower cookie! My girls love decorated cookie cakes. But it’s all about the taste!

  39. They tasted good. I made a few—a lot of baking mistakes before lol

  40. Haha. This is usually how my cookies turn out! ~lol~

  41. We all have fails. I sometimes love my fails as much as the great ones.

  42. Baking is seriously hard. So much precise chemistry is actually involved that it’s insane. Hopefully the next time turns out better but at least these tasted good even though they weren’t pretty

  43. Yeah Creaming the butter and sugar is kind of key!

  44. Oh, no. Those do look pretty sad. At least they tasted good!

  45. My mom always said it all looks the same in your belly! Ha! I bet they were delicious.

  46. Who cares about the looks? It’s all about the yummy goodness! Have fun on your Disney trip. Wanna swing by and pack me in one of your bags to go along with? I promise, I’ll do the same for you in October 😉

  47. Yep! Been there! I swapped baking soda for baking power on accident…. nasty!

  48. Oh girl, I ruin at least 2 recipes a week. lol. I feel your pain.

  49. Sorry your cookies didnt come out the way you hoped. Sometimes baking just goes badly. LOL

  50. We make the same recipe! Ha! Made were green though!

  51. I’m glad I’m no the only one who does things like this! I bet the recipe is really good, though!

  52. Believe it or not they still look good! Good enough to eat! My kids ate the cookies I miserably failed at a few weeks ago!

  53. I have failed at many baking attempts. You said they were delicious so that is not a bad fail.

  54. As long as it taste good who cares what it looks like! I have used applesauce too.

  55. I’ve done this numerous times with tried and true recipes. I haven’t seen the one with applesauce though, might have to give that a try.

  56. Don’t give up though! I agree with other long as it tastes good!

  57. Oh that is so funny. I had a failed recipe for chocolate chip cookies that spread flat on the pan. apparently the butter was too soft and they were oven fried. Ha ha…… I froze them, chopped them up and used them as ice cream topping.

  58. something I would totally do. and probably more than once.
    but I often find these little “accidents” actually don’t taste so bad….. it’s the visual appeal that is lacking.
    I would ate one. (but I totally would have done those arm circles while munching too! ha)

  59. Hahaha that is awesome!! I’ve done the same thing before!

  60. At least your fail is delish! I have had too many failures that I couldn’t even stomach

  61. This is the most hilarious post ever! lol I bet they still tasted good.

  62. I bet they were delicious. That would have burst my bubble as well to see 20 mins in the fridge.

  63. haha I’ve done that too. Sometimes I get so frustrated when I want to make cookies NOW and the recipe says I need to refrigerate first.

  64. Lol. I think i would need those dipped in lots of milk!

  65. Oh now, I bet they tasted good though!

  66. Whenever my butter gets too hot for cookies this happens. We all have those fails but at least it tasted good!

  67. I hate when a recipe goes bad. I am sure the batter still tasted good.

  68. Something like this actually happened to me also. I was making Whoopie Pies a long time ago and rushed through the recipe making a few mistakes. As you mentioned, I didn’t want to waste the ingredients so I decided to bake them. The kids loved them so we named them Whoopsie Cookies!

  69. Ohhh nooooo.. this is something that could happen to me, too… BUt the best part, they still taste delicious.. add some icing, whip cream or take some cookie cutter and now one will know the difference… 🙂 Love when I hear others have mishaps, too.. not just me.. 🙂 thanks for sharing

  70. LOL 😀 I’m glad you didn’t discard the mixture and baked the cookies anyway. Anything with chocolate has to be good. Doesn’t matter they don’t look much like oatmeal cookies 😀

  71. Been there. I have found with oatmeal I have to put it in the refrigerator too or else they spread.

  72. This cookie recipe looks great. I’ll have to try it soon.

  73. Lol it always makes me feel good to see others baking ‘fails’ its nice to know i’m not alone. lol

  74. I love oatmeal cookies. I am not a cookie person, but these are the ones that tempt me.

  75. I wish my failures looked as delicious as your cookies. I love oatmeal cookies. I will have to give this recipe a try.

  76. I love Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Bummer they didn’t turn out the way you wanted. I am constantly messing up regular Chocolate Chips cookies! 🙂

  77. LOL! Well, I have to give you credit for making them from scratch! That counts for something, right?

  78. This cracks me up. I haven’t really failed at dessert but many another dish I have.

  79. Hahaha is applesauce a known trick to use in baking? I hadn’t heard of that before!

  80. As long as they were tasty, who cares if they were pretty!

  81. Ba ha ha! Totally sounds like something I would do!

  82. I read the title and I was wondering, what is this recipe all about.. and then I just couldnt stop laughing.. Lol that was surely a nice recipe of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  83. HA that is so funny! I always do things like that. HA I really did a great laugh, I try to do bake and I can’t

  84. Teehee … I so have been there so many times!