I think my favorite part of baking is when it's over and I have something edible. Not that I'm a chronic bad baker, or even that I hate baking...but my cooking skills usually lie more on instinct and improvisation. Baking is so specific with measurements and cooking times. It gets a little tedious sometimes. You really have to stick to the task at hand. I get bored sometimes and wander off. Forgetting to grease a pan is my forte. If I come out of a baking session with something pretty, then I'm happy. If it tastes good? Even better.
Last night I made a big batch of black & white cookies. I've never made them before and was a little nervous. I hate hate hate wasting ingredients and my time. So if I try a new recipe, by god, it better come out edible or there's hell to pay. I scoured the interwebs for the perfect recipe, that would *hopefully* taste the most authentic. Annie's Eats seemed to have a tasty sounding one...and her pictures looked the best. Honestly, pictures are everything when it comes to me picking and choosing recipes online.
I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the whole process went. I thought for sure I'd mess up the frosting, but all of her instructions were clear and thorough.
In the end, I came out with 10 million monster-sized black & white cookies. Well, actually 2 dozen to be exact, but it looks like 10 million when they're the size of your head.