Oh, horrors! It was bound to happen sometime, and frankly, I am surprised it hasn't happened sooner. But it is still such a disappointment. A cringing erk moment which has now become intense scrutiny of replayed actions and what did i do wrong and how do i fix it. Worrisome, it is, downright worrisome.
I've been baking cookies for over thirty years, and yesterday was the first time that a batch was horrible and didn't improve. The first sheet I retrieved from the oven brought tears to my eyes. All the cookies were melted into one big burnt edges with raw center mess. I adjust the temperature of the oven and made sure that i had mixed the dough thoroughly. Then, I tried again. The second sheet was slightly better, at least they baked evenly, no burnt edges and raw centers. But the sheet looked like a topographical map with lumps and bumps and deep ravines and bare spots and clumps dotting the landscape. So, I checked the dough again. And the third sheet was an improvement, but not much of one. The cookies crumbled and were very dry and didn't taste right at all.
So I covered the rest of the dough, stuck it in the fridge, shut down the oven and the kitchen, and called it a night. I may attempt it again tonight. I probably need to add flour and an egg. I've never ever had problems with an entire batch of cookies.
First time for everything.