Nov 27, 2008

Festive cookies and let the sweetness flow in you

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Food is always part of festivals. Or let’s put it that way food goes hand in hand with festivals. With December fast approaching the moods are often elevated with the holiday shopping and the mistletoe and the Christmas wreaths and the warm glow of fluorescent bulbs in the shopping centers even though the weather outside is harsh and crisp. Perhaps the contrast is what is most alluring. The rhymes of jingle bells on snow frosted streets and the noble Santa preparing for the kids, the whole atmosphere is almost magical. Shopping and booking tickets for holidays takes top priority. Almost all of us are set in a mood for partying. Window shopping is great as the shops are dressed up at their best. Xmas tree are beautifully jeweled up with latest glitters and hangings. Kids are eagerly waiting for holidays to come and some promising vacations are awaiting. It is always exciting as the New Year approaches with plenty of get together on cards.

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I have spent few Christmas seasons in Sydney soaking up in the bright summer sunshine. Being nestled in the southern hemisphere it is extremely warm to hot and an ideal time for picnics in the park with the Barbie roaring and the boys with their stubbies discussing footy. There are so much of outdoor activities with every possible inch filled up at the beaches and the parks. The parks are completely filled up unless you decide to go early and reserve a spot for yourself and your friends. That happens most of the time when few families decide to meet up and couple of them are requested to reach early to spot a nice place early with their esky’s overflowing. It is completely different scene when compared to rest of world during the month of December.

Flipping through a few pictures of the bygone days I happened to recollect that I had baked gingerbread cookies for a get together and as usual they were always a hit with the kids. Seeing those pictures Rohan was excited and wanted me to bake some more of those now. Luckily I had scribbled that recipe and it is indeed a pleasure to know that Susan of Foodblogga is hosting a theme Eat Christmas cookies-2 so I was all set and keen to roll them up.


Ingredients
4 tablespoons of honey
60 grams butter
250 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
60 grams brown sugar
30 grams cocoa powder
2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 egg yolk

Method

Put honey, sugar and butter in pan and simmer till the butter is melted. Keep stirring fast and take off from the heat occasionally. Sieve the flour, baking powder, ginger and mixed spice. Pour the above the mix and using the egg yolk roll a smooth dough. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and roll them on a flat sheet depending on the thickness you would require. Using a cookie cutter cut the desired shapes.
Bake them for 8 to 10 minutes at 180’C.


For the lighter and egg less ones I have used the following ingredients with the similar method adapted from 101 one things to make and do


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Ingredients (egg less)

2 tablespoon butter
½ cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoon honey
1 cup plain flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ginger powder
Pinch of salt


The fun part was playing with sugar. Although it was bit of mess but I thoroughly enjoyed decorating these cookies.


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I used 3 tablespoons of icing sugar with few drops of milk, and a drop of lemon juice. Blend them properly adding colour of choice. Spoon them in the piping bags and snip the tip off checking the thickness you would desire. Carefully layout the cookies and it is just a gradual practice. Keep some toothpicks and paper towel handy to wipe up if something doesn’t work up as well as you planned on it to be.

Let the one color completely dry up before using other colors. Decorate it with Smarties.
My husband is insistent on marketing his company’s products even if we can’t find any. I have used M&M’s though much to his distaste.


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I hope & pray the festive season brings cheers and good tidings to everyone and I hope we can all collectively forget the erratic slides of the DJIA index and pray for everyone’s happiness and peace.

37 comments:

Rachel said...

I wish I could have joined you in decorating those gorgeous creations...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

My nieces would love to make these cookies. They're absolutely adorable, Shibani. Thank you so much!

Happy cook said...

WOw they look so beautiful and colourfull.
Really wonderful to see them.

DEESHA said...

lovely cookies, they look soo colorful & beautiful

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow decorative, creative and yummylicious cookies.

Soma said...

Shibani U have done such an exquisite job with cookies. so cute & so professional. My daughter loves gingerbread cookies too and I have never baked them. This should be my inspiration.:-)

meeso said...

Amazing cookies, they are so cute, and well done!

Cham said...

They re too pretty to be eaten, what a bright color :)

Curry Leaf said...

Absolutely adorable.I wish I were with you.Decorating is the last part when I bake.Usually I avoid frosting whenever I bake anything.The pic pulls us into the festive mood,Love them and very nice entry

Yasmeen said...

We always have white Christmas in Cleveland with lots of snow and beautifully lite neighborhood.Looks like winter wonderland:).Tasty cookies with all the festive vibrant icing.

Uma said...

OMG, what a gorgeous cookies! Beautiful decorations! I wish I could bake and decorate like you do! Cookies are so mouth-watering Shibani! And those cute dolls at the side are so adorable.

sowmya said...

you are so creative..they look so pretty..

Aparna said...

Those are the cutest bunch of cookies I've seen recently. And colourful in hte spirit of the season. That's quite a decorating job, Shibani.

Jo said...

Oh my, these are so cute and colourful. I actually bought christmas cookie cutters 2 weeks ago. My plan is to bake/decorate cookies as present.

Vibaas said...

They look so cute. I can never break them and eat them :)

shilu said...

WOW WOW WOW.................

Rosie said...

What beautiful cookies and I just adore the coloured icings!

Well done!!

Rosie x

anudivya said...

I love those two little dolls! And how cute are those cookies... my!
Lovely.

Kevin said...

Great looking cookies! Those dolls are neat as well.

Cakelaw said...

These gingerbread men are just adorable - I especially like the look of the chocolate ones.

Sharmila said...

Great writeup Shibani!Index fluctuating or otherwise ... good food will never go out of fashion.;-)
Those cookies look so decorative!Have always loved ginger bread and biscuits. :-)

sunshinemom said...

Such adorable cuties, Shibani. I too love festive months - they bring out the best in each of us:)

Sagari said...

cookies look very colorful shibani

Premyscakes said...

Wow!!!, they look cool.

Premyscakes said...

Too pretty and colorful shibani. Great job.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

How they're so cool! I love how colorful and fun they look!

Usha said...

These cookies look so colorful and pretty...I bet they tasted really yum!

Divya Kudua said...

Ohhh..they look toooooo pretty to be eaten!!!

Namratha said...

They are gorgeous Pearls, so colourful and very pretty! Wonderful!!

SriLekha said...

wow! that looks so......... beautiful and delicious! adorable pics!am waiting for ur entries for sweet event going in my blog!

bee said...

happy holidays to you!!!!

Madhuram said...

Wow, they are so cute and eye catching. I can never eat them.

Cakebrain said...

These cookies are so colourful! they look lovely!

Vaishali said...

Those cookies look like bright jewels. And I love those cute little beaded dolls...how lovely, Pearls.

dolcigine said...

These cookies are sooooooo cute :-) I love them :-)!!! And I love your decoration too .. lol :-)! Compliments and happy holidays!!

Jeanne said...

What gorgeous cookies! And I'm intrigued by the dolls, as I would put money on it that they are South African (or at least Southern African...) - do tell how you got them??

Rumela said...

Wow!!what a Scrumptious decorative. I love baking them and decorating them as like you, I'm sure it'll be a big hit with the kids! I am going to bake a batch for the holidays when my kids will be at home. these make also good edible Christmas decoration as well.Thanks for this amazing decoration.