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Saturday, November 19, 2005
Snowflakes cut-out cookies

When i went to UK last week, i couldn't help but dropped by Jane Asher's cake shop in Chelsea. I was pleased to see they had coconut essence - and then bought two bottles - and found a set of lovely snowflakes cookie cutters.
I couldn't wait to go home and try them.
I wanted a recipe for cut-out cookies so that they don't spread out and ruin the beautiful snowflake look. I found this one, from Donna Hay's "Gourmandises". The cookies were called "biscuit de noël à la vanille" (ie vanilla xmas bicuits). They were heart shapped and covered with icing sugar and looked great.

Biscuits de Noël à la vanille

This makes far enough biscuits, i can tell you. Actually, i'm very disapointed with this recipe : the dough tasted so good, but the cooked biscuits were far to hard to bite and were to neutral in taste. I presume they must be made not to be eaten, but to be hold by the Christmas tree.
Anyway, i found that covering them with royal icing and reducing the oven down to 150°C made them more edible and found myself eating one of what i called , just a minute ago, an "awful biscuit".
I used 1/2 tsp coconut essence instead of the vanilla essence given below as i wanted to try using my fresh-buy.

185g soft butter
225g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
350g flour
1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 egg white
250g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Add the flour, and the eggs and knead until you've got a smooth dough. Cover with cling film and refrigirate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll to a 5mm thickness and cut out shapes.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just brown.

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6 sweets:
Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

These are very pretty! I envy your trip to Jane Asher's. My Mommy used to make wonderful Christmas cookies and she used a cookie press. She would color some of the dough green (for Christmas trees and wreath shapes) and some red for other shapes. Our job was to decorate. We had a lot of fun. The cookies did loose some shape but were delicious and pretty. Not as lovely and precise as yours.

19 November, 2005 16:43 

Blogger Chanita Harel חני הראל said something sweet:

Wonderful !!
Thank you ;)

19 November, 2005 19:33 

Blogger *fanny* said something sweet:

Hi Fran,
I'm sure that your mommy's cookies tasted much more better than mine. And that they looked pretty as well.

Hi Chanit,
thanx for your comment.


20 November, 2005 21:02 

Blogger Aude said something sweet:

Hi Fanny,
A lovely picture of lovely cookies.
I also have a copy of DH's Gourmandises, it is one of my favorite cookbooks author... Anyway I am sure your little snowflakes were more than edible.

21 November, 2005 16:48 

Blogger Rachel said something sweet:

Hi Fanny. My name is Rachel. I have never left a message on your blog so we have not been acquainted via blogesphere. So, hello and nice to meet you. I have a recipe for cut-out cookies but you will have to convert it to your standards. I just made these last week. I made snowmen and stars because I couldn't find a snowflake. Anyway... here is my recipe....

Cream together:
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of softened butter
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons of Milk
2 Teaspoons of vanilla

Sift together:
3.5 cups of Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

After ingredients above are creamed together, add flour mixture. Take dough and separate into 3 balls, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then flour working surface and roll dough out, cook at 350 degree F for 7 minutes. Let cool, then frost. These cookies turn out light and puffy and have a nice flavor. Tip: don't roll out dough too thin or you will get crispier cookies. Hope you like this recipe.


21 November, 2005 18:12 

Blogger *fanny* said something sweet:

Hi Aude,
i think DH's gourmandises is a great cookbook : the pictures looks nice but actually the few recipes i've tried from it were a bit disappointing. If you've tried a nice recipe from this book let me know, i'll be happy to make it and see if it's just me.
Anyway, my mum found these biscuits delicious with royal icing and my little sister had a great time cuting out the shapes.

Hi Rachel, welcome to blogger (i saw you've just started a blog) and thank you for the recipe. Can't wait to try it.


21 November, 2005 18:46 

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