If you are stopping by from My Sweet Savannah for the Fourth of July DIY party….welcome!
I’m so glad you’re here!
This is not just a post about fourth of July dessert ideas full of red and white and blue topped off with blueberries and strawberries….
…it’s really about life handing you lemons.
And turning around and making lemonade.
And in life….when you have big Pinterest plans and you fall flat on your face and your cookie crumbles….
….you pick yourself up….dust yourself off….
….and make dessert.
You see….I had big plans.
Of almost gargantuan proportions.
I saw an innovative idea on Pinterest somewhere about making these cookie cups by turning over a muffin pan and placing the cookie dough on the back side of the pan and then baking it and making the cutest little cups.
And everyone that I told the idea to….totally agreed with me. They all told me someone’s great aunt’s uncle’s cousin twice removed on their mother’s side….
….had made the cookie cups before.
And that they were wonderful.
And so I bought a muffin pan and some pre-packaged cookie dough and sprinkled some flour on the dough and rolled it out.
And sprayed the back of the muffin pan with cooking spray.
(total aside: will you please remember that I did this when you read the rest of the post).
Then I cut circles out of the cookie dough and pressed them on to the back side of the muffin pan.
And added decorative edges.
Look at them….little mini pieces of art.
And then I baked them according to the directions on the package.
I sat back at waited as the kitchen started to smell absolutely delicious. I couldn’t wait to show you. I knew how much you would love the idea of tiny little cookie bowls and we would both think up a million uses for them and ooh and ahh together and exclaim that Pinterest was the best invention since sliced bread.
And then the timer went off and I went to take them out of the oven.
I opened the oven door with great anticipation and gusto……
….and saw this.
And this isn’t even the worst of it.
Pieces of cookie dough were everywhere….spilling over the top and dripping off the edges of the muffin pan and onto the bottom of the oven….
Seriously…..this is not how the Pinterest picture looked.
Not even close.
Enter Plan #1: Cut around the edges and simply cut out the cups.
The cooked cookie dough was stuck fast. There was no budging it no matter how hard I tried. It gave new meaning to the word Teflon.
Enter Plan #2: Try to cut off the edges of the cookies and hold them together with whipped cream.
I’m not even going to guess what you are thinking.
An idea totally fraught with peril that looked like a science project gone bad.
Enter Plan #3: Embrace the crumble.
Take all the cookie crumbles and add them to a monogram dish.
Layer in whipped cream and strawberries and blueberries.
Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry and you have….(drum roll please)….
There was such a life lesson here that I tried to explain to my kids after I took this picture and these lasted….
…..maybe 12 seconds.
I’m not really sure that they understood the magnitude of turning a Pinterest fail into an amazing dessert….
…..with a little perseverance and a lot of imagination.
No one really said anything as I waxed poetically about lemons and lemonade.
Their mouths were too full.
…but I think they let the empty dishes do all the talking.
And now…..be sure and stop by The Handmade Home for an amazing cookie recipe and printables….
…absolutely no Pinterest fails involved.