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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Stained Glass" Cookies

Here's our 2nd batch of cookies we made on Christmas Day itself. It's made with the same sugar cookie recipe that I have been using only that I've used a smaller cookie cutter to cut the middle portion and filled it with a hard candy for the stained glass effect. For the cookies here, I used Fox candy. I simply unwrapped candy from the wrapper and placed it whole in the cut-out then baked it as usual. For the smaller cut-out cookies, I outlined them with royal icing then dipped it with coloured caster sugar. I quite like the effects. =)


To make coloured sugar for decoration, you'll need:
- a small container with a tight lid
- a few tbsps of caster/fine grain sugar
- a few drops of food colouring of your choice


Method:
- place sugar in container, add food colouring
- place lid on, make sure it's secure, then shake vigorously till sugar is coated with colour


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mini Xmas House

This year as part of our Christmas activity, I thought it'll be fun to build a gingerbread house with my darling Fat cheeks. I remember that IKEA used to sell the ready-made DIY kits so I was really disappointed when I couldn't find it. Perhaps I was too late in my shopping. Anyways not wanting to disappoint my baby, I thought we could build our "gingerbread house" with regular crackers instead. We had a gooey messy but very fun giggle-ly time building our houses. We were suppose to build a house each but Fat cheeks was over ambitious and her mini house collapsed coz it was just too heavy with candies. =)

Here's the recipe for the royal icing which I used to glue the house and the candies with. You may wish to half the recipe if not building many small houses.

Ingredients:
- 1.5 tbsp meringue powder
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbs water

Method:
- Mix all ingredients and use electric mixer beat for 5 mins.

Christmas Cookies

Merry Christmas everyone! I finally cleared some of my housework (after months of neglect) enough to start baking in the kitchen. This is a rule I set myself, no work = no play, housework not done = no baking. So here's our 1st batch of Christmas cookies. I baked the cookies while my sous chef fat cheeks did most of the designing and decorations. I really liked how it turned out and I think the cookies are adorable. Hubby is really proud of us too. =) Fat cheeks my sweetest asked me "Mummy, do you know why these cookies are special? It's because it's made with Love."  I can't agree more. Here's wishing everyone Love, Peace & Joy.