Food for Thought; Halloween Baking Pinterest Fail

What do you do when you are stuck in the house with a poorly Toddler, a teething baby and your husband tells you he needs something for the work Halloween Bake Sale?

You head to Pinterest and find something which looks possible to do round said children and will keep until Thursday.

Enter the No-Bake (and no egg) Cookie Dough Mummy Balls created by Shauna from Ella and Annie Magazine for Catch My Party

I had to improvise a little on the original recipe mainly because supplies are limited here, no candy eyes so smarties will have to do.Ā  While we were shopping for ingredients this happened….


So I sloped off to Starbucks for a cheeky Pumpkin Spice Latte (otherwise known as the new love of my life) before heading home to give these a go.

Being the nice kind person I am I have converted the American measurements into UK grams which is the way I cook, but if you want to see how they really look I suggest you head over to Catch My Party rather than just checking out my more #pinterestfail than Pinterest perfect.

Tell you what though, they are delicious and do taste just like cookie dough.Ā  It was a case of one for the tray one for me.Ā Ā  As I write this I *may* be feeling a little bit sick but *may* be contemplating putting my phone down to go and get myself another…….

Cookie Dough Mummies – My Halloween Baking Pinterest Fail



Makes around 30 balls

100g unsalted butter
150g soft dark brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
250g plain flour
175g Chocolate Chips
397g tin of sweetened condensed milk
200g white chocolate
Mini smarties to decorate

How to do it:

1. Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and condensed milk


2. Add salt

3. Fold in flour, around 100g at a time


4. Fold in chocolate chips

5. Chill for 2 hours

6. When chilled scoop into balls and place on baking paper. Chill until ready to dip


7. Melt white chocolate and dip the balls in one at a time. Scooping white chocolate until fully covered.

8. Place on greaseproof paper and chill until hardened

9. Create a “mummy” effect by dipping a spoon into the chocolate and running back and forth over the balls

10. Stick smarties on….

Mummy Balls (kind of…. )


After all of that my husband got home and declared they were very small.

Then tried one.

And decreed he didn’t like them (yippee more for me). I’ll be making cupcakes then……


Pinterest Fail



  1. October 28, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I love Pinterest fails! I think it’s important to know that not everything turns out right, especially not the first time. Thanks for sharing, even though they didn’t look perfect they still do look tasty! x

    • Laura
      October 28, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      I think you’re right. They looked so easy like I’d be able to do it….. Pinterest often does that to me! X

  2. October 28, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Haha, It seems like you had a few too many mummy balls! šŸ˜‰ Maybe I should make them too, because I love the taste of cookie dough (it’s also my favourite flavour of Ben&Jerry ice cream). Which cupcakes are you going to make instead?

    • Laura
      October 28, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      I totally cheated and got a packet of confetti cupcake mix…..

  3. October 28, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I think I would have told my husband to buy a cake on the way to work! These look rustic šŸ˜‰ x

  4. October 28, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    I always wonder how much time, effort and tries has gone into some Pinterest pictures! These sound delicious though, I think I’d be nipping back for just one more too so they wouldn’t last long enough for anyone to comment on my limited drizzling skills šŸ™‚

  5. October 29, 2015 / 1:53 am

    I have had many a pinterest fail, but these look they are a brilliant product of a family baking session rather than something which is primped and primed for pinterest, I much prefer the former :). I think if Hubby had decided he wasn’t keen he many have had the tray thrown at him …. and suggested to get some cake from the supermarket next time!! šŸ™‚ xx

  6. October 29, 2015 / 3:56 am

    Aw, I love your honesty in writing about your Pinterest fail. It’s hard not to feel inadequate when you see all the amazing creations on there. I look a lot at the ones that are suitable to do with children, and it’s so obvious from the photos that not a child has been in sight when making them! Glad to hear they were tasty though, that’s the most important thing!! x

  7. October 29, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Those things you see on Pinterest are just not reality! lol Your mummy balls look much more realistic. Also, I never get a recipe right at the first try! x

  8. October 29, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    A pumpkin spice latte sounds amazing. I would be gutted if i cooked and my hubby said he didn’t like them he he. I think they sound really lovely actually and may have to try them.

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 10:03 pm

      Oh it was delicious! It was my fault really I know he doesn’t actually like cookie dough unless it’s cooked as a cookie…..

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