Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas baking efforts from the domestically challenged

Cooking and baking are not my fortes I'm not going to lie. I love trying to cook or bake and, I'm consistently optimistic and ambitious at each attempt (secretly hoping that this will be the one time where everything will turn out perfectly and I will fluke it to the finish line!) but of course, this rarely happens. 

Normally what happens is that something small will go wrong first. Then I'll get flustered and then a series of other things will start to go wrong (to keep the first thing that went wrong company). Then I will become highly stressed and panic about how I've completely ruined Christmas, the world, life as we know it. 

Hence, this is why this blog is not a cooking or baking blog. 

See my recent Christmas cookie baking effort below:

Ps I am 31 years old.

Now on the other hand, I love tasting and eating. They are my fortes. And so just because these conspiring cooking disasters are waiting patiently behind the curtains ready to pounce on me at any given moment doesn't mean that I'm about to accept my fate of being more or less catastrophic in the kitchen. 

So I cross my fingers and keep on subjecting my human guinea pigs to my cooking attempts. This recipe is one of those examples of something going okay for a change. YAY! It's a recipe that is 'Nhan-friendly', i.e. relatively easy to follow and makes me appear less domestically challenged than I really am ;)

Merry Christmas!
(to the um, three readers of my blog)
Nhan x

Reindeer cookies

Reindeer Cookies

125g butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 small packet pretzels 
1 small packet M&Ms

Preparation - 15 minutes
Cooking - 12 minutes 

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. 

Melt butter in microwave and put aside to start cooling. 

Combine butter with brown sugar then white sugar and mix until dissolved. 

Beat egg, add vanilla essence then add to mixture. 

Add flour and baking powder, combining mixture gradually. 

Drop tablespoons of cookie mixture onto lined, buttered baking trays. Add 5 or so chocolate chips to each blob before flipping over to make sure chocolate chips are not visible on the top (otherwise your reindeers will look more like dalmatians). 

Bake for 12 minutes (or until golden depending on your oven). Add red M&Ms while cookie is still soft. After cooling, add chocolate chip eyes with pointed tip down. Cut pretzels in half (you'll rarely get a perfect cut, best to sacrifice one side for one decent antler rather than trying to get two perfect antlers). Attach with some honey and serve!

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