Everything was fine at first - mix the batter, melt the chocolate, preheat the oven. When I make this recipe, I let the melted chocolate cool a bit since I didn't want to add it hot to the batter and possibly melt the butter, thereby changing the texture of the recipe. But it was cold in my kitchen early Saturday morning and I was (again) multi-tasking on other baking projects so it appears I waited a little too long and the melted chocolate cooled a little too much. As in, when I added it to the batter, instead of being warm enough and free flowing enough to blend seamlessly with the rest of the (probably also cold) batter, parts of it seized up and became little solid chocolate flecks. Uh-oh. I couldn't heat up the batter enough to melt the chocolate and I didn't have time to start over with a new batter. So I decided to plow forward and hope for the best. Besides having solid flecks of unsweetened chocolate in the batter, it was also more pink than red because the chocolate hadn't added to the batter in enough liquid form to give it more color. Darn.
|uh, those chocolate bits are not intentional chocolate chips - baking fail|
Second cookie sheet came out at exactly 7 minutes. Looked a little underdone but I wasn't taking any chances. Put the third cookie sheet in and raised the oven temp back to 375 as 350 seemed a little too low. By this time, the first cookie sheet actually looked decent and not underdone as the cookies had cooled and settled into fudginess. Hmm, I think I may have been psyched out byt the baking gods. Third cookie sheet baked fast again but I think I got them out at the right time. Now it was time to frost and taste test them. Ironically, the first cookie sheet turned out the best, the second was too raw and the third was okay. I had already frosted all of them so I couldn't put the second sheet back into the oven to bake a little more. Almost total fail.
I brazened it out anyway, picked out the best ones and prettied them up for my friends' goodie plates that day. They tasted okay. They just weren't up to my usual standard. I had made a couple of other things as well but didn't have enough to not give the cookies so I included them and made excuses to my friends later. That's not something I normally would do but I was pressed for time and had to just deal with it. This is the kind of thing I hate when it happens and I hate even more having to admit it and blog about it but at the end of the day, it's just a cookie, it's one baking fail amongst other successes and I have forgiving friends :). Dust off the flour and move on to the next cookie.