So Gaia and I were making Nutella cookies for a friend of mine. My friend, Kat, had just discovered Nutella and was hooked so I've been promising her some cookies for a few weeks now. So we're mixing the dough, and I reach in the fridge to grab an egg when I realize there are none. Perfect. No big deal, I think, because I use applesauce in cakes all the time for vegan friends' birthdays. So I just scoop some applesauce. Bam. I also have no chocolate chips (my kitchen is broken today), so I use M&M's leftover from Christmas and some pecans. I am still under the assumption everything will turn out perfectly in the end. I am wrong.
I go to pull out the first batch (of two) and they are a mixture of uncooked cookie dough lumps and slightly burnt, hardened puddles of rejection. This is when I call my mother, desperate for some advice as to what I did wrong. After whining about how I'm apparently a cookie failure, she tells me to remove the baking stone. (Duh, Shary.) So I do this, add some more flour to the dough (because Nutella + Applesauce = liquidy dough) and make the rest of the cookies. They turned out better, but still ugly. They are edible this time, and since four-year-olds don't care about aesthetics they're already gone.
I called my mom back and we have a long discussion about what I could be doing wrong. She thinks that an element, or whatever, is broken and so my oven is having a hard time staying the appropriate temperature. Tomorrow I'm going to call the landlord and get a maintenance man out here to look at it. I really hope it is my oven because I can not deal with being a cookie failure. It makes me very sad to not be able to simply bake cookies without having to watch and worry if they'll turn out normal.
In other news, I got my packages today. I ordered some things a couple weeks ago off eBay. I love eBay, but it seems every time I score a deal the seller lives in China and it takes damn near 3 weeks to get my packages. (I'm not really mad about that, by the way... just still worked up about the oven.)
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