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Damn you Martha!

I knew I had a 50/50 shot at these cookies turning out. I've heard the horrors of baking with candy. But I decided to go ahead with them anyway, because they were just so pretty...

BIG. MISTAKE. A few days ago I decided that I would bake some cookies for a holiday party I'm going to for work this week. So I got out my Martha Stewart Cookies Cookbook and picked two recipes. The first was a traditional cookie called "Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie" (and they by the way turned out so delicious that I hope I still have some left by the party tomorrow - once again damn you Martha, I did not need to eat so many of those). The second was the "Stained-glass Christmas Tree" (shown above). I immediately fell in love; again look at how pretty they are!

So yesterday afternoon I started making these beautiful cookies. I made the dough just fine; it was nothing special just your standard cut-out cookie. While the dough was in the fridge hardening up, I smashed a bunch of jolly ranchers to use as the "stained-glass" center (which by the way scared poor Henry - he jumped so hard when I smashed the candy with a hammer - poor 'lil guy). So far, so good...

Then I rolled out the dough, cut the shapes and filled the centers, like instructed. And still, they looked SO pretty. I was thrilled.

The I popped them in the oven. And this is where everything fell apart. When I took them out of the oven, I let them cool for a moment before taking them off the cookie sheet (lined with wax paper) and placing them on the cooling racks. Look aren't they pretty?

  But then, when I took my cookie spatula to them they wouldn't come off the wax paper. The candy had stuck right to it! I tried with all my might to be careful (for the cookie) but rough (for the candy) to get those stupid things off the wax paper. EVERY.SINGLE.COOKIE broke. Ugh. So I thought, I wont wait on the next batch, "I'll take them off the cookie sheet right away." Another downfall, that time the candy was still soft and stuck aggressively to the spatula. This lead to me spending the next 10 min trying to get the now hard melted jolly rancher off the spatula and a lot of cookies that looked like...

Not a single cookie turned out. Everyone broke and/or stuck to the wax paper/spatula. It was a total waste of time. Damn you Martha, and your pretty cookies...


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