Reindeer Cookie Fail

I don’t like sweet and salty desserts. You will never find me eating bacon on a cupcake. Never. So what would possess me to cover pretzels with chocolate? And taking that a step further, what would possess me to then attempt to push chocolate covered pretzels into hot cookies? It’s a disgusting disaster waiting to happen but I did it anyway.

I hate myself for even trying. I hate myself for wasting the ingredients. Our oldest child is definitely my daughter… she wanted nothing to do with the chocolate covered pretzels. She helped make them and had fun doing so. But when it came to eating them… she took a bite of one and that was it. Think – yuck, , I don’t like these – kind of comments.


Waste. Of. Time.

Most important – complete waste of ingredients.

I’m not bashing the original recipe and those who have tried this idea and had it work out, but for me – it didn’t. Forget my hatred of sweet and salty desserts. There were issues.

1. The freaking chocolate ‘antlers’ melted upon contact with the cookies! And then obviously all over my hands. Well duh… hot cookies + chocolate = melted chocolate. But tell me why in the original post elsewhere that didn’t happen? I really don’t care. You don’t have to answer that question.

2. The m&ms wouldn’t stay in the cookies! If you bake them into the cookies they can crack so I pushed them in after but they wouldn’t stay. Clearly they wanted nothing to do with this idea either.

I don’t see how this could work with any type of dough… peanut butter, sugar cookie, gingerbread (which is what I used). None.

Let’s also mention that when you want pretty cookies and have a 4 year old helping – they just might say something like ‘they need cheeks too!’ and while you’re not looking that same 4 year old might try pushing an m&m into the cookie to make cheeks but then pull it out and then the nose cracks and agh. That’s the least of the issues with these cookies though.

They may be cute but they’re a gigantic pain in the butt.

Complete. Utter. Fail.

Never again.

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23 Responses to “Reindeer Cookie Fail”

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    nicole — December 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    freak! salty sweet combo is the best!! ha!

    But I see exactly what you mean about the issues you had with the cookies. lame

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      Rachel — December 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

      lol I like both – just not together.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Totally agree with Nicole – the sweet & salty combination is my favorite! I’ve been wanting to make these.

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      Rachel — December 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

      You’ve been warned! :) Next year I think I’ll just decorate with chocolate or icing instead.

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — December 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Oh no! Sounds like a big fail, but the picture looks pretty! I always like simple cookies (to bake) – maybe get fancy with some frosting. Thats it. Done! :)

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    Robyn — December 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I would have never guessed what a pain those cookies were based on the picture! I love hearing stories like that! It makes me feel better about all of my kitchen failures.

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    Dottie Sauchelli Balin — December 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Rachel, I tried these cookies as well last year, and they were horrible. Just like you, I felt bad especially that I wasted the ingredients. I had most of the same problems as you. Oh well, we will never do that again, but at least we tried. Hope the next batch of goodies you make are delicious. Have a happy holiday season, and thanks for sharing. :)

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      Rachel — December 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Glad to hear I’m not alone with this cookie failure!

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    Michelle Collins — December 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    What a bummer! These still look adorable. :)

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    Cassie — December 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I’m with you on the sweet and salty thing, for the most part. I like white chocolate on pretzels though. They are adorable, failure or not!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I love the sweet and salty combo, and it is mind-boggling to me that some people don’t! :)

    For those who want to make them, maybe attaching the decorations with a bit of royal icing would work better?

    At least you got a pretty photo out of it!

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      Rachel — December 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for the idea! Wish I would’ve thought of that before this disaster! :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Okay I’m so glad I didn’t get to my Reader until now. This just made my day. Hilarious. I love choc pretzels but I can see how this could get crazy. This is the fun thing about blogging :) Someday your daughter will read this and laugh out loud!

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    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity — December 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

    They are sooo cute! But, I can totally see what you mean about pressing them in. It doesn’t seem like it would work without frosting. But, if other people make it and it seems to work then you have to give it a try right? I’m so sorry for your frustration! But thank you for saving the rest of the trouble of finding out ourselves. :)

    As per the salty/sweet combo. I love it. But you will NEVER see any of my sweets with bacon on/in them. I will gladly wave that train on. *shudder*

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I love sweet and salty, and I love this post. So honest :) Maybe it would be good to stick the antlers, nose, and eyes on with a bit of melted chocolate? Not that you probably will try this….but maybe for others ;)

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      Rachel — December 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Always the after thoughts that could have made life easier… chocolate or frosting would have helped. Oh well! I even got a suggestion to make non-edible ones out of cinnamon ornaments. That could be fun. :)

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    heather — December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Okay, that’s the best looking fail I’ve ever seen! They are adorable!

    I feel like bacon in desserts is a fad that is past its expiration date. :)

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    Tracey — December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    If you hadn’t said, I never would have guessed you had issues. They look so cute! I love salty/sweet treats, but after your warning might be hesitant to attempt these :)

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    Kita — December 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Lol, I wont tell you about the box of chocolate covered pretzel bites in our fridge right now…>.> (Im glad Im not the only one with decorating issues from time to time).

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    Baker Street — December 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Bacon in a cupcake is something I wouldn’t try either! lol.. the cookies look adorable..

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    Julia — December 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    More sweet/salty combos for me then ;) You also like twizzlers. But I won’t hold any of this against you. You made the cookies look real pretty though!

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      Rachel — December 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      We even each other out nicely :)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — December 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    they sure sound like a fail, but they look so darn adorable! i actually like the sweet/salty combo, so i’d gladly take these off your hands. =)

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