I think most of us Pinterest users are guilty of looking at a pin and jumping into a project without reading the original post because we know we know how to do that. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't. Angela sent us in a Pinstrosity she had while trying to make these yummy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies just from the picture.
The Original Pin
Angela tells us, "We host an annual St. Patrick's Day party and this year I thought I would simplify dessert (don't even ask about the year of the chunky chocolate fountain) and make green chocolate chip cookies."
I really want to ask about the year of the chunky chocolate fountain. That sounds like a great story. Anyway...she continues:
"They were green in the mixing bowl, green going on the cookie sheet, but came out brown with a sickly green tinge."
"What went wrong? Honestly, I did not even click through to the recipe from the original pin. Instead I used a recipe for "The best chocolate chip cookies ever" from one of my recipe books that I had been wanting to try, plus a liberal dose of food coloring - egged on by my kids to "USE MORE!." Either there was some critical step in the original recipe that I didn't know about or else they photographed them before baking!"
We checked things out in the original recipe and came across what we think went wrong for Angela. Angela used a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, but the original recipe actually has you make chocolate chip sugar cookies. There's the issue right there. For some reason (and I don't know the chemistry of it yet) regular ol' chocolate chip cookies just don't take to food coloring (I've learned this one through past experiences), but sugar cookies do. So to get that great green color and not the sickly green tint, you should probably make sugar cookies. Either that or throw in A LOT of food coloring in your chocolate chip cookies (but then you get the weird food coloring taste).