“Do You Want to Build a Mudman?”: Baking with Siblings

It is often said that 2 brains are better than 1.

Making chocolate cookies and squirting Nutella on them, how hard can it be? Well, I spoke to soon.


My class ended late on Thursday and it wasn’t until 9:30PM that my brother and I started baking. It was supposed to be a quick treat, 30 minutes tops. I recently bought new cookie cutters that were made specifically for cookie sandwiches so I was glad I finally got a chance to use them.


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I found a chocolate cookie recipe online that asked for “2 sticks of butter.” Being the tired student I was, I automatically assumed that it meant 2 bricks of butter. Yeup. 2 BRICKS. 

There was a little voice in the back of my head saying “isn’t that a little bit too much?” But since I already started mixing the ingredients, I dismissed the voice and joked around, concluding that it was an American recipe anyway, and that lots of butter was normal. My brother agreed with me and didn’t question me at all.

My brother also managed to squish an egg until it exploded, splattering egg shells and egg whites every where (don’t ask me, I don’t know how he did that). But here’s a picture of him inspecting the dough to ensure that there were no egg shells in it:


After I finished mixing the dough, it was abnormally moist, but again, I justified my speculation by thinking it needed more chilling time. So I placed the dough in the fridge to chill, and went back to my computer to check on social media. Well, the website with the recipe appeared, and just to reconfirm the amount of butter, I looked at the recipe again…2 sticks….2 STICKS?!


My original plan was to make half the recipe, so I put in “1 stick” (aka one brick)* already in the cookie mix. So in the end, I had to QUADRUPLE every ingredient in the recipe since I put in 4 times the amount of butter. The math was killing me and I was so mad that I now had the amount of dough enough to make 160 cookies.

*Just a little bit of background knowledge, 1 stick = 1/2 Cup, while 1 brick = 2 Cups

And guess what Dynamic did? He made a mudman.


So that was just a quick summary of a very long night of baking. The cookies did end up being really good (yay!). Thank goodness I have a sibling who can give away cookies to his friends at school, otherwise, my house would smell like buttery mess. It was also good sibling bonding time to see how we could go through trials together, even in baking.

Lesson Learned: It’s helpful to bake with a partner who will actually ask you what you’re doing so that you catch silly mistakes like adding 4 times the amount of butter!

Nutella Cookie Sandwiches:

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Chocolate Cookie Fruits Tarts:

Because I had so much cookie dough and it was also Pi Day (March 14th)

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