Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cupcake cookie goodness

Last Friday was my daughter Scarlett's first birthday. I had grand plans for homemade decorations, cupcake shaped cookies as party favours and a 3D Care Bear cake. I did make some decorations and the cookies but due to some major humidity issues the cake was a massive fail!

Anywho, I thought I would post a tutorial for the cookies as they were a major hit :)

It is just a basic biscuit recipe which you can change the flavouring/colours to suit your tastes or event. I bought my cookie cutter for $2.99 from House, it's only a tiny one, and I do plan to get a bigger one probably online.

Basic Changeable Biscuit

125g softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self-raising flour
1 egg
Splash of milk

Preheat oven to 180C

Mix the butter and sugar until you get a soft creamy mixture.

Add the salt and mix: add the egg and mix.

Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, mix with each addition. (I alternate the plain and self raising cups)

Add the splash of milk if needed and mix.

Knead the dough until it is not messy, then roll out until about 5mm or so thick. The thickness doesn't really matter. The biscuit will expand a bit.

Cut using a cookie cutter to suit yourself.

Bake for 8-10 minutes - For a soft biscuit cook for the shorter time. For a harder biscuit check them closer to the 10 minutes

Royal Icing Recipe

1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1 egg white
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Gel food colouring if desired

Lightly whisk eggwhite and lemon juice together in a bowl.

If adding colouring do so while mixing.

Gradually add icing sugar, whisking until smooth and combined.

I did my decorating over a couple nights as I had to work around bubba and my job. Ideally I would have liked to have done it all the night before, but I have found that these cookies have a pretty good life (if they even last the day!)

Happy Baking! 😊

Friday, 14 December 2012

Xmas and birthday crafts and cookies

It's my daughter's 1st birthday today and tomorrow is her party!! I'm making some decorations using black and white photos of her from the past year. They are all wearing jellybean party hats :)

I also made cupcake cookies <3

The extra pic is just a double bow made out of paper as a decoration on one of the MANY Xmas presents I'm in the process of wrapping.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Christmas craft

Here are two things I have made using ideas from Pinterest.

The first is a bauble with my brother-in-laws wedding invite inside it and ribbon which matches the bridesmaid dresses. The second is a bow made from Christmas gift wrap. Both are pretty easy but a lot of fun to do.

I have a major Pinterest hoarding problem! So many ideas so little time/money 🎄🎅🎁