My Secret (Blogger) Santa Present

by mediocremum on 12/12/2010

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I must admit that I did chuckle a wee bit when I opened my Secret (Blogger) Santa present and read the card, which said ‘I thought you would like this because you like to cook’.  This is not meant to be ungrateful or rude as I absolutely LOVE the present, which was an Oxfam Cookie Stamper.  It’s not that I don’t like to cook it’s just that I’m really not very good at it.

Madame was very excited about using the Cookie Stamp so I was bamboozled at 9.15 am this morning, hung-over, into making cookies and true to form I managed to make a pig’s ear of it, even though, I followed the recipe to a T.

Ingredients:

250g butter

140g caster sugar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder

300g plain flour

1 egg yolk

2tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Mix in the butter and blend until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in the egg yolk and vanilla.  Chill dough for an hour.
  4. Separate dough into golf ball sized chunks.  Slightly flatten the balls on a floured surface and stamp.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly brown

However, it didn’t turn into a ball of dough as it was supposed to, it resembled lumpy flour.  It’s was like trying to make a snowball out of sand.  In the end, I winged it and added more butter and another egg yolk. I was pleasantly surprised with our result and they tasted yummy!

Thank you to my Secret (Blogger) Santa for a wonderful present.  It really did make cooking more fun and I love the fact that you purchased an ethical present!  Happy Christmas to you whoever you are!






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