Fall is here and that starts a very exciting baking season. I just love the widows open, sweat shirts and yoga pants, candles galore, and so many other things about this time of year. I’m so ready to try new seasonal recipes and have some fun in the kitchen while I start to play Christmas music and view the decorations around the house for Fall and Christmas.
Halloween is only two weeks away so when Frederique came over Saturday we wanted to do some Halloween-themed sugar cookies. Some new designs and more help with decorating them(they are a complete pain to decorate but completely worth it) excited me. Also we worked on a cake for some soon-to-be two year old twin girls that I know from church. I babysit them each week and we always watch Elmo videos over and over, therefore, of course I was going to make a Elmo cake for them. It would be perfect!
So our adventure began as I baked the cakes and cupcake to make Elmo’s face. Then I took out the cookie dough that I made earlier because it had to be chilled. I pulled it out of the fridge and we started putting it all together and getting the dough consistency ready to roll out and cut. The dough was absolutely terrible, it was a crumbly mess and all I knew was to add butter and more butter until it would all stick together. I hadnt put all the butter called for originally anyway. That was mistake. The cookies tasted like biscuits but we carried on anyway because it was more about the decorations. So we cooked and cooled the cookies and went back to our Elmo cake.
He was a chocolate cake which we shaped and then added three vanilla cupcakes for the eyes and nose. It was adorable already! Frederique mixed the frosting to the appropriate red colour which didnt go as planned because we used a gel in stead of normal food colouring. We ran out of gel and got more of a pink colour but we couldnt do anything else so we went with it. We went to town icing him and making him looking tots adorbs (totally adorable). So here comes the rest of the story………
Fred was finishing up icing him and as walking about to wash her hands, I turn around and Elmo was splattered on my kitchen floor!
It was terrible, I felt like it wasnt even real. Fred was about in tears and Jonathan, my little brother, and I were laughing so we would cry. The whole thing was very traumatizing. We hadnt even gotten to take a picture of the finished product yet. I called my dad and he started laughing, then I talked to my mom and she asked if we were going to make another one. CRAZY PEOPLE!! NOOO. Three days later and I am still not ready to redo it but I will get around to it eventually. So enough with Elmo, I’ll start to get sad again.
HE WAS SO CUTE!!!
So back to the biscuits, I mean cookies. We had a nice little system going. Frederique and I would cut out the shapes in the dough and Jonathan would cook them. Fred and I would then be decorating the baked cookies with royal icing and toothpicks, which for some reason I kept calling q-tips all weekend. That was kind of sad.
The cookies were a little too thick and I don’t think I used enough meringue powder( or the butter flavor overpowered it). They just were not the best tasting cookies and I had made them many times before so I just don’t know what went wrong. The good thing was that they looked really good, other then a spelling typo(not shocking at this point; see if you can find it). So here are our Halloween sugar cookies!