The second recipe I tried was this one for sugar cookies (except I just used regular white sugar, and I also included 2 teaspoons of baking powder). I chose this recipe because I thought it seemed easy, as what I really wanted to focus on was decorating them, but I was very wrong. Baking cookies is so much harder than baking a cake. Dough is so annoying and messy to work with!
I usually run to Daniel for help with anything because he always seems to know what to do, but I purposely chose to make these while he wasn't home so I couldn't do that, and it honestly almost ended in tears. I couldn't figure out why the dough wasn't sticking together, and I hadn't even added all the flour yet. The recipe I was following just said to mix everything until combined, but my dough wasn't having any of that, so I had to compromise, which was terrifying seeing as I had no idea what I was doing.
I decided to add another egg to the mix to try and make the dough stick together better. I was concerned that this would alter the overall taste of the cookies, so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried one and it tasted delicious. After I added the egg, it was still only just sticking together, so I covered my bench in flour, took the dough out of the mixing bowl, and started kneading it with my hands. As a self-confessed germ-a-phobe, this was tricky for me. Flour got everywhere and the dough made its way under all my newly grown nails. It was quite uncomfortable.
I kneaded it until it stuck together and actually looked like dough, then I cut out a bunch of I's, hearts and U's with some Valentine's themed cookie cutters I got from Coles. I didn't end up using all the flour because I didn't want to risk the dough not sticking together again, and I was worried that they wouldn't turn out right, but they did, and I was so proud of myself.
Once upon a time I would hesitate to even use a toaster while I was home alone, because I don't like making noise or doing anything that could possible end in injury or damage to the house when no one else is around, and now I am baking cookies from scratch - and using the oven - all by myself. It may not seem like much to other people, but it's a huge step for me.
The icing, however, did not turn out how I planned at all. I followed this recipe, and separated it into two batches, colouring one batch red and the other pink. I wanted to do swirly hearts and dots like the recipe showed you, but it just didn't work. The icing was too thin and all the lines I did would bleed and end up three times their size within a few minutes. I was so disappointed, and nearly gave up there, but I knew I had some really cute sprinkles so I decided to ice the cookies in one colour and decorate them with sprinkles instead, and I really liked how they turned out.
Until next time,