2017 Recipe Fails

Just a few more days left of 2017 so I thought over these next couple days I’ll share with you the best recipes of the year as well as some of my recipe fails of the year. We’ll start with my recipe fails.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Most of the photos on my blog are curated so that they’re the best of the ones I have and the most enticing. Because how else am I supposed to convince you and everyone else to try my recipe, right? But what you generally don’t see, except maybe in my InstaStory, where my dishes can be disasters in the making. I just wanted to share my fails so that you know it’s not always perfect.

Some of them aren’t too bad while others are… well…. You can judge for yourself.

I tried making paella earlier this year. While the flavor was delicious, I tried making this twice and both times, the rice came out too mushy.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I tried making shrimp skewers on a grill plate on the stove. The shrimp refused to cook.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cheesecake. This is what happens when you don’t add enough butter to bind the graham cracker crumbs. Um… Also when you forget to add sugar to the cream cheese portion and it is ridiculously tart.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

S’mores fail. The marshmallow was so gigantic I couldn’t keep them together. And every time it came out of the oven, the entire thing fell apart.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m not even sure what this was. Some sort of peach drink. But it wasn’t flavorful at all.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I tried to make blueberry scones, and somehow it became scone cookies.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

A raw cranberry relish experiment for Thanksgiving tasted gross and way too tart.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Remember these sparkling sugar coated cranberries from a few weeks ago? This is what it looks like when you coat them with brown sugar. Not as pretty.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

These potstickers aren’t my own recipes, but I was trying to make potstickers for dinner. I was so hungry after work, I walked away for a minute to snack and came back to this. Sadness.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

These cookie cups were a complete fail. I could not remove them from the muffin tins!

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Um… the night before Christmas we tried to bake sugar cookies and decorate them. And um…. What happens when the dough is too soft and it gets stuck in the cookie cutter.

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

2017 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Hope you enjoyed my 2017 recipe fails! These aren’t all of the recipes I failed at, but these are the ones that I remember to document. You’ll definitely find more behind the scenes on my Instagram page.  I’ll post my best recipes next. =)

And if you want to see more recipe fails from previous years, click on the links below.

2016

2015

2014

 

27 comments

  1. whenparkspeaks says:

    We all learn from fails too. Pretty pictures are great and shows us all how it should look, but to know we are not alone in our fails is great. I make a raw cranberry orange relish that everyone loves (night before is important). The strawberry in your smores is a great idea but they have too much moisture. I don’t have a picture but I did an Easter dessert with chocolate frosting and fresh berries that was a spectacular failure. Learning from others failures is certainly cheaper.

  2. lifeofangela says:

    It’s nice to know that you’re only human 😛
    Haha, I love seeing your gorgeous recipe creations, and some of these don’t actually look that bad! I can’t wait to see your best recipes post 😀
    Happy holidays!!

  3. Laura (PA Pict) says:

    It is reassuring to know that even someone like yourself who dedicates oodles of free time to developing your culinary skills and exploring and creating recipes can have failures. I made a completely horrible pasta dish a couple of weeks ago but my kids did not complain as I took them out to grab hoagies instead.

  4. skd says:

    This post touched my heart Andrea. Mistakes make us all the more human. It is amazing that you don’t give up. When I have a recipe fail I can’t rest till I get it good. I love your blog. Happy holidays💖

  5. geezer94 says:

    Thank you for the smile this morning. If at all possible, I get rid of the fails the old fashioned way.I do hate to waste food. Every once in a while I get a fail that cannot be eaten and is a danger to the safety of my high impact plastic teeth; those get canned without hesitation. Thanks again for my morning smile. g

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