Salvaging an Oops=a new recipe!

Last week Nate set out to make chocolate chip cookies. We had our palates set for them and he had promised his older brother a box of them to share with the guys in his dorm. Sadly…it was not to be.

He got about halfway through the recipe and realized that we were out of flour. (How could THAT happen? Someone clearly wasn’t paying attention!) So he switched recipes to a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe and finished out the recipe with oatmeal instead of flour. Unfortunately, we both forgot that the first recipe called for 1/2 c. more butter and 1 1/2 c. more sugar than the second recipe. So even with the oatmeal, the cookies spread out very thin and got rather scorched. We weren’t sure how to salvage the recipe at that point and we ran out of time for the day. So Nate bagged up the rest of the dough and tossed it into the freezer.

Yesterday, Nate was out of town. I was bringing food to our youth pastor’s family because the poor fellow is the hospital. I couldn’t just pawn off the cookie making to Nate and I was out of chocolate chips, so no starting over from scratch for me. I thawed the bag of flawed cookie dough, pressed it into a greased 9×13 inch cake pan and baked it. When everything was looking golden brown, I pulled the pan out of the oven. Before it cooled off too much, I cut the whole pan of bars into 1 inch squares.

Once they were cooled, these bars were GREAT! They actually tasted like they maybe were supposed to be that good! Like maybe we had made them that way on purpose! They were chewy and chocolatey and simply delicious. The oatmeal gave them a good stout texture. What a tasty mistake! And now we have a new recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars!
One of these days I’ll have Nate share how he managed to morph brownies that contained a bad mistake into a delicious chocolate cake. The skill of fixing our mistakes is probably almost important as the skill of following the recipe in the first place!