When Life Hands You a Cookie, Make a Cake Instead

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 23rd Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Life has a way of teaching you lessons through humorous events. Here is just one of them.

A Change is Coming

I feel like a baking binge is coming on. A few years ago, I would have been the laughingstock if I made that statement. I was never confident in my cooking or baking abilities. But after battling with breast cancer, I have embraced new changes in my life. Baking is one of them. Would you stroll with me down memory lane as I recount a humorous story?

Sweets for Dessert

So what made me go into a dessert frenzy? Perhaps it was a sweet tooth that refused to be tamed. I consoled myself with the fact that I would soon be back in my exercise gear to work the extra calories off.

I don't normally keep baking products in my pantry. I can't justify all the ingredients for a once a year sweet extravaganza. So I took what I thought was the easy route. At the grocery store I purchased products that were semi-homemade. I consider them semi-homemade because I still had to add a few ingredients to the mix.

One such product was the Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix. It came with the cinnamon sugar packet included. The simplicity of adding an egg, margarine and water along with the $1.97 price tag enticed me to buy it.

Something Just Didn’t Seem Right

When I was stirring the ingredients together the dough-like consistency for these cookies never came to fruition. It seemed more like a cake batter. What was I, a non-baker to do? Just as I was getting ready to throw the batter away I saw a square baking pan on the table. “Hm!” I thought. “Perhaps I'll make a cake instead”.

A Blessing in Disguise

I poured the bowl's contents into the pan. I then placed the sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of the batter. It was then put in the oven for 45 minutes. Soon a delicious-smelling aroma wafted through the air. Had I mistakenly stumbled upon something good?

After taking the "cookie-turned-to-cake" out the oven, I let it cool down. Armed with a butter knife I cut a small piece of it. And much to my surprise it was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of a crumb-cake with a nice and light feel on the tongue. My husband soon joined in the party and enjoyed the accidental creation.

Spreading the News

I told my sister and before long it was big news among my family members. I started getting telephone calls implying that I must have done something wrong. I defended myself by letting them know there wasn't much to mess up. It was only 3 simple steps. Even I could follow that—or so I thought.

Oops!!! Before Reading a Recipe Make Sure You Are in a Well-Lit Room

It was not until the next day while looking at the ingredients again that I saw where the mistake was. Before discovering my error I envisioned writing a letter to Betty Crocker company and telling them what had happened. I expected a full refund, coupons or something. In my mind, I just knew they had mistakenly put the wrong mixture in the bag. Did I mention I was long overdue for my eye exam?

Well it turns out that I thought the recipe called for 1 ½ cups of melted butter. It was supposed to be just ½ cup. I thought the parenthetical mark was a 1. It was only when I read the listing again in a more lighted place that I noticed my mistake.How embarrassing.

Should I Eat Cake or Humble Pie?

After my humiliating (in a fun way) experience, I decided that I had actually stumbled upon something good. If I purchase the product again, I will continue to make it into a cake instead. I may never know what the actual cookies taste like.

When I revealed this error to my family they cracked up. My brother has now dubbed me the Snickerdoodle Queen. I will wear the crown proudly or until I am dethroned.

The Conclusion of the Whole Matter

When it was all said and done everyone had a good laugh at my expense. But you know what I learned from that? Life doesn't always go the way we think it should. Along the way there are some surprises. I’m trying to welcome them as friends. While life can often be filled with challenges, an unexpected blessing can often cure what ails you at the moment.

And by the way, I did call the optometrist soon after that. Perhaps that was the incentive I needed to stop procrastinating with it.

Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons


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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Retired
24th Aug 2014 (#)

Charming and funny, Lee. I chuckled all the way through this one. Great save with transforming cookies into cake. And now I'm craving Snickerdoodles -- in ANY form.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
24th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. That's what you call the power of suggestion. I should know as I get ready to get some butter pecan ice cream and butter cookies. Yum:).

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author avatar HamzaBOUKRAA
1st Sep 2014 (#)

When life gives you lemon, make lemonade.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Sep 2014 (#)

I agree SoEnLion.

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