Sunday, 26 September 2010

Daring Bakers - Sugar Cookies

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking. The theme of the cookies was to be September - and whatever inspiration that conjured up.

I had great plans for tasteful Autumn leaves and squirrels, but quickly realised that with a 9 week old baby I had to be a bit more realistic! So I went for autumn spiced cookies, flavoured with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, topped with orange flavoured orange and white royal icing.
It was my first shot decorating with royal icing, and it went fairly well, considering they were done very last minute (as usual) and in between very frequent baby feeds! A smaller piping tip would have helped with the precision, but I didn't have one, so just bashed on with the slightly larger than ideal nozzle, and I'm quite pleased with the results :o)

The overall impression is not helped by taking the pictures at 11.30pm, in awful light, on my kitchen worktop, with my camera on Auto, but if I don't post now, it may well get forgotten about in the chaos of life at the moment!
(And yes, I did cheat and just stick jelly beans on top of some of them! They were orange at least...)


  1. A nine week old baby and making sugar cookies! You are super woman! Congratulations on that alone! But the cookies are gorgeous with beautiful flavours to compliment!

  2. Beautiful cookies. Nicely decorated!

  3. I love orange, and your cookies are adorable! Love the tiny hearts!

  4. These look fabulous! I love the burnt orange autumnal colours paired with the fall flavours - gorgeous.

  5. WOW. I am so impressed and completely amazed that you were able to produce such beautiful cookies while tending to a newborn. Those look fantastic, and the flavor sounds delicious!! I hope that I'll be able to keep up with the challenges when my baby is born this winter! Your success makes me very hopeful. :)

  6. Getting anythign accomplished with a nine-week-old is impressive. MAking cookies that look this beautiful and sound so delicious? I didn't get that creative, and my "baby" is 16 months old! Good luck with your amazing baby, and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  7. I love your cookies with the jelly beans, when I saw them I could just imagine picking them off to eat before getting stuck into the rest of the biscuit, yum!

    I'm also impressed that you did all that with a 9 week old sharing your attention, just brilliant!

    Thank you for taking part of the September challenge :)

  8. Oh wow! These are great. And with a new baby as well. Congratulations. I saw one of your comments on Daring Bakers and thought I'd come over and say hi as another UK blogger.



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