Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Daring Bakers November Challenge: Twelve Days of Cookies

Tis the season to bake biscuits! And it's Daring Bakers' Challenge posting time again.
Combine the two, and you end up with the 12 days of cookies - or 50% of it, since I managed 6 of the 12 days in the song.

Holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of Peta Eats is sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us.

If I'd had unlimited time, and people to pass the finished biscuits on to, I'd have made 12 batches of biscuits and treats, one for each of the 12 days in 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. I'm sure I could have managed the latter requirement amongst family and friends, but the first was never going to happen. But with a spot of 11th hour baking this evening, I've managed 6 rather laterally themed cookies.

Recipes to follow in some future posts, as it's getting late, and if I don't finish this up soon, I'll miss the posting deadline again!

A Partridge In A Pear Tree - Spiced pear and oatmeal cookies

Five Gold Rings - Saffron shortbread rings with vanilla icing and gold and silver nonpareils

Eight Maids A Milking - Condensed milk snowballs made with homemade dairy free condensed almond milk

Ten Lords A Leaping - Peanut butter and popping candy fudge

Eleven Pipers Piping - Strawberry piped sandwich swirl biscuits

Twelve Drummers Drumming - Fridge biscuits with 'Drumstick' chew bar chunks

As an aside, according to Wikipedia, there was an alternative version of this song in 19th century Scotland. I stumbled across it whilst looking for other options for some of the 'trickier' days that even with some creative thinking I was a little stumped with. However... they didn't exactly help:

"The king sent his lady of the first Yule day,
A popingo-aye [parrot];
Wha learns my carol and carried it away?"

The subsequent gifts are listed as follows:
Two partridges
Three plovers
A goose that was grey
Three starlings
Three goldspinks
A bull that was brown
Three ducks a-merry laying
Three swans a-merry swimming
An Arabian baboon
Three hinds a-merry hunting
Three maids a-merry dancing
Three stalks o' merry corn

I've no idea what a goldspink even is, and baboon biscuits, whilst amusing, didn't seem any easier than leaping lords or piping pipers!


  1. I must say that I enjoyed reading your blog, and got a bit of a chuckle out of it. I think I must try the strawberry sandwich cookies. Those look fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow and WOW! :) First of all, can you tell me more about the dairy free condensed milk? I'd LOVE to try that (my son is allergic to milk). Secondly, I am amazed at all the varieties you made. Third of all, I have been chuckling about your previous post, about how you jot down tidbits/recipes/alterations... I do the same things! :) Anyway, fantastic job on the challenge!!!

  3. Wow - I am impressed with your cookie making prowess. The ring cookies are exceptionally beautiful!

  4. My first thought was trying to make an Arabian baboon cookie! I can't believe you were able to make so many varieties. Nice job on the challenge!

  5. What a wonderful posting all your cookies look stunning and I love the poem at the end. A fabulous job on this challenge. I really adore the look of the Strawberry piped sandwich swirl biscuits they look so intriguing. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  6. Have I left a comment already? I tried to but something odd happened? Anyway. great list of cookies, love them all (although I might give the ones with drumstick chunks a miss). Am intrigued by the almond condensed milk.

  7. Wow, I'm impressed and amazed at all the varieties you made. Great job on the challenge!

  8. Ooh can't wait for the recipes!

    Have you seen the one which is a letter from a girl to her suitor as he keeps sending her the presents (partridge etc), it's pretty funny!



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