Category Archives: Pinter-MESS

Pinter-Mess: Apple Cider Caramels

I love apple cider. I love caramels. So why not try a recipe that combines the two?

I had really high hopes for these apple cider caramels. I attempted making them a few days before my Christmas party last year, to serve to my guests. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I made so many other treats (like Krispy Buckeyes and Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread) that my guests didn’t notice they were missing.

I’m still really bummed that this recipe ended up in the Pinter-Mess category. I was really meticulous about following the directions and even bought a candy thermometer to make these!

Maybe someone out there can tell me what I did wrong…

Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

With the holidays coming up, I’ve been on the look out recently for new easy cookie recipes on Pinterest. I’m willing to test out any cookie that sounds yummy, especially when the recipe involves spicing up a cake or cookie mix. It can’t get any easier than that!

Remember Allison’s So-Easy-You-Want-to-Kiss-Someone Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins? Two ingredients. Super easy and definitely delicious!

So when I found a pin for 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies from Come What May, I had to try them out. I figured that since it’s the same concept as allison’s chocolate pumpkin muffins, it was a shoo-in! Meh… By no means were these cookies horrible. But after taste testing the first one, it didn’t bother me to keep eating them. And cookies almost ALWAYS bother me to keep eating them!

But after thinking about it for a little bit, maybe all three of us Boyer girls just become cookie snobs. I mean, Mom (Sharon) is definitely known for her awesome Christmas cookie plates that she gives out every year. Consider that, I recommend you try they out for yourself if you’re interested.

Pinter-MESS: Lemon Brownies That Went From Bad To Worse

Pinter-Mess: Lemon Brownies As we’ve learned here at The PinterTest Kitchen before, sometimes a recipe turns out to be a huge Pinter-Mess regardless of how good it sounds or looks. Remember my chocolate and caramel microwave mug cake? or Allison’s nasty jello cookies? Those both were just plain bad.

Back when our Mom first signed-up for Pinterest, I was showing her the basics of how everything worked and we found a pin for Lemon Brownies. They looked really good (and maybe they somehow did turn out awesome for the person that posted it on Becky Charms) but they turned out to be just a Pinter-Mess for me!

PinterMess Microwave Mug Cake…

PinterMess Microwave Mug CakeIf you ask me, who ever came up with the idea to combine chocolate and caramel should be worshiped by all and should have his or her face featured on the dollar bill. That’s how much I absolutely love these two ingredients together.

I also love cake. I mean come on, who doesn’t like cake? So when I saw Rebecca Sinclair’s pin for Microwave Carmel and Chocolate Mug Cake, pinned from, I got super excited.

But I should have known better! Whenever I get this excited about a project or recipe, it usually ends up going horribly wrong and that’s exactly what happened. This recipe was a PinterMess, and here’s why…

PinterMess: Nasty Jello Cookies

Jello CookiesToday’s recipe is not one I recommend. Not at all, actually. These Jello Cookies were downright nasty. Seriously, that doesn’t even sound good. I don’t know what I was thinking. Jello cookies? Blech.

So why post it? Because I keep seeing people repinning this recipe on Pinterest! At least three or four times a week, I see someone repin this recipe. It’s like a zombie. I think it’s dead, but then it rises again. This pin needs an ax to the face!

The picture it pretty. The cookies are pretty. Well, mine are okay. But on the original pin, the cookies are really pretty. That’s why people are pinning and repinning like crazy. This is not a knock on the blogger who posted this recipe originally. I’m sure she really does think these cookies are great. Someone must, right? I assume that it’s like how every mom thinks their child looks beautiful when they see him or her for the first time.

News flash, new moms: newborn babies look like aliens. They have weird cone-shaped heads and unnatural purpley-red wrinkly skin. And most of the time, they’re covered in child-birth-y-goop. That’s totally a technical term. But the point is, newborn babies are not cute except to their own mothers. And that’s how this recipe is too.