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post #1 of 23
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Did You ever get so Discouraged as a Beginner and just throw out Your whole project ?? I made cookie's on a stick using Wilton's heart shaped cookie on a stick pan .Well, They came out more like cakes on a stick and most just feel off the sticks .My plan was to practice My piping with Them Today .I made Them yesterday and By the time I was done I just threw Them in the fridge.So Today I don't even want to go in there and practice with them .They are ugly and I spent all Day making Them Yesterday.I WANT TO GO FEED THEM TO THE BIRDS BUT THE BIRDS WOULD PROBABLY ALL DIE icon_sad.gif
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post #2 of 23
practice, practice, practice, you will get the hang of it icon_smile.gif
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post #3 of 23
don't be discouraged! everyone's been through those kinds of trials. i find that i like inserting the stick into the raw cookie, (i use bamboo skewers) and slowly twist and push it in. i make the cookies a bit thicker too to accomidate the stick. sometimes you just have to go back to the begining though it is sucky to seem like you wasted a day! don't give up and good luck!
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post #4 of 23
I think we all understand completely! Even after doing cakes for 10 years, I have the occasional one that isn't fit for public viewing. Why do you think they came up with "Cake Wrecks"?? To keep us all from getting full of ourselves.

Chalk it up to another learning experience and don't be so hard on yourself. Things will come together - - kind of all at once - - and you'll do great things. icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 23
Take those unsuccessful cookies, crumble them, throw a handful on top of a bowl of your favorite ice cream and store the rest of the crumbs in the freezer in a sealed bag. Pretend to your family that that was your plan all along.

Then, having fortified yourself with ice cream and (if you are so moved) a bit of a cry (though how anyone can cry over a bowl of ice cream topped with cookie crumbs is beyond me), try again with a sturdier recipe. A recipe that bakes up kind of cakey and soft will not work well with a stick. You need something more related to a sugar cookie or other recipe that will be more sturdy once its cooled. Also, your stick needs to be far enough into the cookie so its not top heavy or the cookie will tend to overbalance and break off at the top of the stick.

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post #6 of 23
Try the Wilton sugar cookie recipe, it comes out firm enough for sticks.

I don't really like the shaped pans with spaces for the sticks, I like to use a cookie cutter and just push the stick into the cookie. They come out looking better that way, nicer edges and all.

Also, don't pick them up by the sticks until they've cooled completely.

Sometimes I just bag the cookies and then tape the sticks onto the bags. It looks just as nice and then it's easier to eat.
post #7 of 23
Honestly I'd skip those pans.

Take two dowel rods and use those at guides for how thick you roll out your cookies, then take skewer or a lollipop stick and slide it into the cookie dough before you bake it.
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post #8 of 23
If they're ugly, they're perfect for practice! Think how bad you'd feel if you uglied up a perfectly ugly cookie with crappy piping. lol

Practice on them then give them to the kids or whoever. Practice cookies don't have to be pretty. As long as the taste is there, people will eat free cookies.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by destineysway

practice, practice, practice, you will get the hang of it icon_smile.gif



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post #10 of 23
I'm pretty sure all of us here have had the same experience when we first started. As a matter of fact, even experienced bakers will still have projects go wrong when we try new recipes or decorating techniques.

Don't give up. Try to determine why your cookies didn't come out the way they should have. By coming here and asking questions, I hope you find the answers. It might have been the recipe you used or maybe they weren't baked long enough. Then try again.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by xotamilxo

I WANT TO GO FEED THEM TO THE BIRDS BUT THE BIRDS WOULD PROBABLY ALL DIE icon_sad.gif



That was so funny you made me snort! Oh, lordee lordee, we've all been there. I suggest you follow the excellent advice everyone has given (especially the one by cheatize).

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post #12 of 23
We all been there dear. I've made ugly cookies and ugly cakes and I won't dare bring those to CC hi, hi! icon_smile.gif but yeah, my friend the answer is....ready??? okay, practice, practice, practiceeeee and what else?.....yup, more practiceeeee!!!!! icon_smile.gif in the meantime yes, get yourself a big bowl of ice cream and crumble those ugly cookies on top, hmmmm, I bet you they're delicioussss!!! thumbs_up.gif

I've felt like you many times and often I think, gosh if I quit right now what would I do with this 'world' of supplies that I've acquired ???!!! I'm stuck!!! LOL icon_biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 23
Whether a beginner or experienced decorator, we have all had those days!! Heck - I had to make 2 dozen cupcakes, (cupcakes) for my daughter, a couple weeks ago, and I ended up baking 18 dozen! The chickens got 14 dozen because they all failed - cupcakes - of all things!!!! Geeessshhhhhh icon_eek.gif
post #14 of 23
Well, you did make us laugh and/or smile! When we make ugly cookies we call them "eaters", as in, eat the evidence before someone sees it. My husband's friends are happy to eat any ugly cookies that I need to get rid of.

Yes, I think we've all been there, if you keep practicing (and taking photos) you will see how much better you can get with each attempt.
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Originally Posted by cindy58

keep practicing (and taking photos) you will see how much better you can get with each attempt.

Agree with Cindy, take pics and later on compare the 'before and after' and I'm sure you'll tell yourself "I knew I could do it"!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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