Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Cookies // Blogmas Day Fourteen


I will start by being honest and saying this image above isn't mine and you can view it here.  I am no Merry Berry by any means but I love a bit of a baking session, especially when they turn out edible. My cookies turned out somewhat different but you can't have a bad opening photo on blogmas!

I found a great recipe online to make some Christmas cookies and I decided to go with making some tree, snowfakes, candy cane and gingerbread man shaped cookies. My end result was not as good as I'd hoped but they tasted great - so that's something.

  Follow the recipe below to create your own Christmas Cookies.

You will need:
  • 470g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 225g butter or cooking margarine
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • Green food colouring
  • Red icing sugar (pen)
    White Chocolate Stars (or any decorative bit you'd like I went with White Chocolate stars)
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6 and lightly grease two baking trays or line with parchment.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted flour until evenly mixed. Cover dough, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out portions of dough to 5mm thickness. Cut out a tree shape using a knife or use a variety of Christmas cookie cutters.
  5. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Transfer from baking tray to wire cooling racks. Decorate with icing when completely cool.
For decoration on the tree I used some green food colouring and mixed it with the icing to create the Christmas tree colour. Once that had dried I used the red icing pen to create tinsel and used that icing as a sticky base for the white chocolate stars which were tree decorations.

For the rest I used white icing and the red icing to create a design. However I am not sure if what I made count as a design??

This is how mine turned out below, a bit embarrassing really. If I had a child, I'd blame them. I have ghosts, badly designed candy canes, snowflakes (which I gave up on so dumped a whole load of chocolate on) and trees that I suppose look the best out of them all. It's more like a plate of Halloween and kind of festive cookies.

There's beautiful Instagram worthy baking photos taken by bloggers and then there is me, with this.

Give the recipe a go and let me know what you think in the comments! It was good fun even though the designing part of it didn't turn out so well.

Side note: don't eat too much of the mixture because you will definitely feel sick and regret it.
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