LOL.........well, I guess I already knew that the whole birthday thing wasn't going to go off without a hitch. Everything turned out GREAT, thankfully. Was just personal expectations I set too high for myself. If I had built-in camera in my house...the entire thing would have been worth taping & sharing, but elbow high in cookie dough, cake batter, and frosting...had little chance to use the camera. Unfortunately...no fiasco pictures! And, where my skills are concerned...that's honestly what it was...a fiasco!
I did make some amazing tasting cookies though! I used organic, whole wheat flour, and they turned out super-tasty, with that nice, heirloom look. I'll include the recipe at the bottom of this post. The icing I messed up on a little. Tried a quick recipe I got online, and should have known better. Was just powdered sugar and corn syrup....took forever to dry. They got a crust on them, but weren't set enough...and a minute after handing the cookie basket over to James....they were pretty much all destroyed. Still tasted good though! Always use the old fashion Royal Icing recipe with egg white, or meringue powder!!! Did I mention I was making a Cookie Basket for James?
Grampa & Auntie M came for the weekend, so on Thursday, as a quiet party....James opened his gifts from me, and I made him a Handy Manny cookie basket. Thought I could pull that off fairly easy, but he was up a lot that night, and all said....I was up till 4am. Making the cookies was pretty easy, even though I had to sketch out all the characters on paper, and cut out the cookies by hand. It's the icing that was a drag....so many colors for all those tools. Not worth making individual pots of colors, since each just needed a tiny amount here & there...I ended up pouring the un-colored icing onto a plate, then using it like an artists palette. Dabbing little dots of color, and using a toothpick.
I rolled out the dough pretty thick to make sure they could withstand James' interest. They turned out nice & hard...like teething biscuits, which is good for him. Still tasted great though, which....is also good.
ROLL OUT COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon no-color almond extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour and they turned out great!)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Makes: About 3 dozen cookies.
Preheat oven to 400°F. In mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 in. wide and 1/8 in. thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
Recipe may be doubled.
I'll have to make a few more posts about the weekend/birthday. Have to try and clean up some, before baby wakes up. :Weary: