Hilarious baking disaster – pink gloop

Baking disaster!

Have you ever had that moment when your carefully created baked goods look nothing like the picture on Pinterest or the magazine? Well, I challenge you to trump this!

My daughter was keen to do some baking and wanted to copy a recipe from American Girl magazine. It’s for Pink glittery cookies with Hershey’s nested inside. Despite my reservations about the way they look (nipples? dog poo? something else?) and the distinct lack of Hersheys in our house we thought we would give it a go – here’s what their cookies look like in the magazine spread.

American Girl Cookies
They remind me of something….

The first challenge was to convert the US measurements (cups) into grams, and then I left my darling Junior Baker to it whilst I supervised from a safe distance…

Now I know you may claim that I am washing my hands of this baking disaster, but my role was clear as kitchen assistant (when called for), oven operative and clean up crew.





I admit to giving assistance in the following manner:

1. measuring out the icing sugar so that the cloud of dust didn’t envelop the entire kitchen

2. stirring in the bits that she missed

3. helping cover the gloop in sugar crystals

4. putting into, and subsequently taking out of hot oven

5. cleaning up the mess

Now I have that clear I can reveal the true extent of our baking disaster….

Baking disaster
What the??

I suspect that Junior Baker got a bit carried away with the Baking Powder and/or Bicarbinate of Soda measurement and thought that the idea of bubbles in the mixture sounded really good. I don’t think we have ever seen anything quite so bad come out of our oven!

Now, I challenge you to follow this recipe and do a better job than we did!!

Carnation Cookies

Ingredients (with my conversions in brackets)

0.5 cup (100g) butter

1.25 cup (125g) powdered sugar (icing sugar)

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbinate of soda)

0.5 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoon vanilla (a few drops vanilla essence)

2 cups (250g) flour

Pink or red liquid food colouring

Pink or red sugar crystals

Here is a handy link to conversion tables.


1. Cream the butter and sugar together

2. Add the egg

3. Add baking soda, baking powder and vanilla

4. Add the flour a little at the time

5. Add the food colouring a little at a time and mix/knead the dough

6. Refrigerate for 30-60 mins

7. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sugar crystals

8. Bake at 350F/180C/160C fan/Gas mark 4 for 7- 9 minutes


Ok, back to the drawing board….


2 thoughts on “Hilarious baking disaster – pink gloop

  1. Thank you SO much for posting this recipe! My daughter had pulled the recipe out of the magazine and saved it for WEEKS to make to bring to school for her birthday but at the last minute we couldn’t find the recipe. Your website was the only place it could be found – though I was slightly daunted by your disastrous tale! After consulting with my mother-in-law, I swapped out two tablespoons of butter for vegetable shortening. Problem solved! I can’t figure out how to post a picture to your comments… ours are not exactly magazine-worthy, but at least they are cookies and not puddles! 😉


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