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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Baking Practice

"People have got to learn: if they don't have cookies in the cookie jar, they can't eat cookies."
Suze Orman

I hadn't planned on doing a post today, but my sister and I had a practice run for some baking we plan to do on Christmas Eve. So I figured I would show you how it went. I do have some ideas for future posts, possibly even a new weekly series... but I think I'm in the process of getting a cough, cold thing. Hopefully it won't develop into a full blown chest infection, but at the moment I'm feeling a bit crumby. It started as just a little bit of a scratchy throat this morning, but has steadily got worse over the course of today. I'm usually unproductive as it is, but headaches and a cough make it a lot worse. But I digress, hopefully this will pass in a couple of days and I'll be back on track with what I wanted to do. Now on with the baking!

We asked our mum to pick us up what we needed when she was out, and well... we probably should have just got it ourselves. We wanted to make sugar cookies and decorate them. The end game being something a long the lines of these...

But being us, we wanted to use a premade sugar cookie mix or something close to it and ASDA didn't have anything but chocolate chip cookie mixes. So my mum bought us that. They also didn't have Christmas coloured sprinkles or icing sugar. And instead of getting us the little tubes of icing to decorate our cookies, my mum picked us up extra tubes of food colouring by accident. So you could say we got off to a less than stellar start. Luckily our local garage did have icing sugar, so Eva picked some up today before we started.

Because we didn't want chocolate chip cookies, we figured we'd start by sieving out the chips. Which Eva proceeded to eat. Waste not, want not and all. This isn't a tutorial, so I'm not going to explain every step. I mean, it's a premade mix so we mostly did what the box told us to. Aside from removing the chips, adding a little extra water and then adding a little extra flour when we added a little too much extra water. Who said baking was an exact science? Anyway, we eventually ended up with a pretty good ball of cookie dough.

We left it in the fridge for a while to let it get firm, and watched some people much more skilled than us bake things on YouTube. If you're not familiar with Nerdy Nummies, you should be. To be honest, this was probably a mistake. It only led us to feel more shamed of how our own turned out. But anyway... Once the dough was all firm and what not, we rolled it out and began using an assortment of cookie cutters. We quickly realised that free hand cutting cookie dough was harder than you'd imagine, so for Christmas we're going to invest in some more Christmas themed shapes.

Today all we had was hearts and little stars. I also totally forgot to take a photo of them before we put them in the oven, so I'll have to leave that to your imagination. To give them a slightly more festive flavour, we also sprinkled some cinnamon over the top of them before baking. This is what we were presented with when we removed them from the oven. I was pretty happy with them. I thought they looked nice enough. We should have quit while we were ahead, but decorating is the most fun part! So we carried on.

We mixed up a bowl of red icing sugar and green icing sugar. It was all we had to decorate them, along with some silver balls and shimmery pink stuff from the last time we baked. So we started decorating and this is when it all went a little wrong.

You watch countless cookery shows and YouTube videos on baking and they all make it seem so easy. At the end they have almost artistic cookies, that deserve to be framed rather than eaten! Okay I might be exaggerating a little, but you get what I mean. Mine and Eva's looked more like Halloween cookies, than Christmas cookies. Not only that, they looked like a small child had thrown the decorations at them. Not two adults trying their best. But alas, we had fun and they tasted pretty good, which I suppose is the important part. And I guess this was our practice run, so hopefully practice makes perfect and next time we'll end up with something a little better. So yeah, I'll finish up this post here and leave you with some lovely photos of our yummy cookies.

Do you have any baking horror stories? 
Or do you plan to do any special Christmas baking?


  1. So cute! I like your end result better than the ones in the first photo anyway :)
    And at least they tasted good!!
    I remember trying to bake a honeycomb chocolate brownie from my Winnie the Pooh cook book but it just exploded all over the oven! haha That's probably been my worst adventure in the kitchen...


    1. Thanks. I guess it gave them character. We didn't even eat them in the end. We kinda just forgot about them. D:
      Oh gosh, that sounds really good. I can imagine that though. I think we put honeycomb chocolate in the microwave once and much the same thing happened. Lol.

  2. My mouths watering just looking at this! They look so good!


  3. This made me hungry! Last year me and my mum tried to make some Xmas iced cookies similar to these, the snowmen turned out headless, and don't even get me started on the dodgy icing, they looked like they had been made by a 5 year old! They still tasted nice though :)

    1. Oh noes, poor snow men! Aha. I guess it's part of the fun though. Making a mess and stuff. And it's better they look bad and taste good, than look good and taste bad. :)

  4. that looks like what my cookies would look like lol I'm so jealous of people with super awesome cookie decorating skills!


    1. Psh, I remember your kitty cookies! They looked awesome. :D

  5. Love these! I'm meant to be making some Christmas cookies tomorrow, hopefully they will turn out okay, they have to be healthy cookies so I dubious! xxx

    1. Thank you. Hopefully they'll go better second time around. I really want to make Christmas cupcakes too. I hope you're cookies turn out awesome! Aha, making healthy stuff taste good is always a challenge. :D xo


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