Follow those directions to THE T!

I really feel the need to touch on this topic because it is SO important…especially when baking. If you are a beginner cook or just aren’t comfy in the kitchen, listen up! Following directions matters….big time. 

I would like to share a sweet story about my hubby Geoff. One evening my friend Krista and I went out to dinner. When we got back that evening, my kitchen was in disarray and my husband was standing there with a frustrated look on his face. Mind you…I was just SO confused when I saw this picture. My husband had never attempted cooking or baking-it actually startled me! 

I came to find out that he was trying to surprise us by making us “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies“.  Bless his heart! However, it did not go as he had planned. He used all the right ingredients, but did not follow the directions. All of the cookies flattened while baking and became one large burnt mess. Geoff received tons of “brownie” points…but unfortunately did not earn any cookie points (lol). 

Here is what happened….

The recipe-

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (18 cookies)

2 1/2 c all-purpose Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c butter, softened (he melted the butter completely-soften means to make it soft, not into a liquid)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375

Combine flour, baking soda and salt..set aside. He did not do this step. He added the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients without combining. By combining the dry ingredients first, you ensure that they are evenly distributed throughout the cookies! This is SO important.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugars, vanilla, and pudding mix. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs. He added the eggs in all together-which made it soupy.  Add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour. Again, he did not do this step. Refrigeration helps the flour really soak into the batter-it also makes for a nice and dense cookie. Place heaping Tbsps of batter onto un-greased cookie sheet and bake until golden appx 10-12 mins. He put way too many cookies on one tray and greased it – they baked together. Take out of oven and let sit 2 mins on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Never got to this step. 

* Another tip! If you are baking with 2 trays-in the middle of baking switch the tray on the top with the tray on the bottom. You don’t want the bottom tray to get burnt on the bottom. 

This post was not intended to embarrass my sweet hubby. It was an AWESOME learning experience! I have done this plenty of times and I am sure many of you have too…DON’T give up! 

Let me encourage you now to read your recipe twice before you make it and follow those directions to THE T! 




  1. Bless his heart! I am no baker, I'd rather cook because I don't have to follow the directions to a T. Baking stresses me out! Kudos to your husband for the thought and effort!

  2. Pedey @ Do You Smell That!!? says:

    Nice effort, Hubby! I can totally understand his frustration. (((HUGS))) You still get the credit for the thoughtfulness!

  3. Grammy Blick says:

    Good effort — and a concept applicable to our Christian life. Not in a legalistic way, but in paying attention to instruction. I like it!!

  4. My children have made the same mistake of melting the butter. I didn't mind…I love flat, crisp cookies!

    I've noticed your Giant Eagle products. Are you near Pgh? That's where I live…in the South Hills.

    Love your blog!

  5. Kirsten says:

    Amen, sister! Once I made cookies for my sweet elderly neighbor who had just put his wife in a nursing home. I accidentally put confectioner sugar in the dough instead of regular sugar, and they ended up being a sticky, mess. He wrote me a sweet note saying that's how he liked them, but I was mortified! 🙂 Now we all can laugh about it, thankfully. 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs:

  7. Anonymous says:

    I thought those were scalloped potatoes–LOL. That was nice of your hubby to try.

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