This month sees the fifth anniversary of my blog, fancy that five years! So to celebrate I made some cookies. I did something that I don’t do very often and that is to bake something that would please me. You know how it is we all make things for our families and friends that we think they will like, but I very rarely do things just for me. You’ll never guess though, everyone else loved them too!
I’ve fancied decorating cookies for a long time now, and my (mostly unused) cookie cutter collection is testament to that. Having recently been inspired by some of the very talented cookie decorating bloggers across the pond this want-to-do has been accelerated up my list of must-dos, until it has reached No1# status.
For now though, I had a roll of white fondant icing in my baking box, and I was wondering what to do with it, indeed I was wondering why I had actually bought it! Inspiration struck however and these cutie pie goose cookies were made. I’m in the process of trying a number of roll out cookie recipes and the one I tried here is from Sweet Sugar Belle’s blog. Her recipe which I used is here (I halved the quantity). They are good and have a great flavour, I used vanilla as the flavouring for my cookies.
For the decorating I used one roll of white ready rolled fondant icing and the black and yellow icing tubes from the little boxes that I managed to buy in my local supermarket, and I reckon if I can buy them they must be readily available! Once you have baked and cooled your cookies, use the same cookie cutter to cut out the white fondant geese and attach them to the cookies with a little apricot jam (no lumpy bits!). To decorate use the black tube to do a little eye and the yellow tube for a little beak and feet. Two of my geese have no feet, you have to take care popping out the cookie dough from the cutter or you lose the feet, however I still liked them so left them as on the water geese.
My little flock :)
This is a really easy project to do for little people, or with them if you like. Mind you adults seem to like them too, because they are cute and taste good.
It is royal icing iced cookies that I really fancy doing now and to that end I have ordered some icing bottles to make that easier, more on this soon. I *might* have ordered some new cookie cutters too, you can’t have too many right?! I’ve got cookies on the brain I tell you!
As a thank you from me to you I’m buying one copy of The Hairy Bikers’ Big Book of Baking by Si King and Dave Myers (out this week!) to give to one reader who leaves a comment on this post saying why you’d like to win it. The winner will be drawn at random. Closing date Midnight 4th March 2012, winner to be announced on 5th March 2012. Good luck and thanks to readers new and old for keeping on reading le blog! NOW CLOSED!
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