BAM! In the blink of an eye, January has come and gone. How has 2015 been for you so far? One of my goals for 2015 is to make more things. I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my handmade projects in 2013 and 2014 because of several personal reasons and unforeseen events. But this year, I’m going to make a comeback. Hey, this is already my 3rd post of the year! Yay!
Lately, I have gone into baking. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that I have a growing burning passion in the art and chemistry of baking. No siree, never in this life. To be honest, I can’t bake to save my life. But the idea of baking some sugar cookies for my own cup of afternoon tea and my boyfriend’s sweet tooth was kinda tempting.
Then, I finally caved when I bought this cookie stamp from Typo several months back at a sale. My first attempt at baking shortbread cookies was abysmal. The dough was sticky and tricky to cut out. The copious amount go flour I added made the cookies crumbly and kinda… plain… But at least they looked pretty with the cute cookie stamp!
Fast-forward a few months later, the February page of the 2015 Mollie Makes calendar beckoned me to fill the house with the aroma of baked cookies once more. Also, I bought a pre-loved 101 Wilton cookie cutter set for just $10. And so, I sold my soul to the shortbread cookies fairies. I made shortbread cookies again, this time with a scallop-edge heart, and the letters ‘L’, ‘O’, ‘V’, ‘E’. You guessed it right, I was inspired by Valentine’s Day that’s coming up this Saturday.
The recipe featured in the Mollie Makes calendar leaves a sweeter aftertaste than the original recipe I used. I think I am probably going to go along with the Mollie Makes recipe and tweak it along the way to make it just right in terms of sweetness. Oh yeah, and next time, I am going to remember to roll out and chill the dough before cutting the shapes. Apparently this is what people do to get good shortbread cookies… according to the internet.
I have decided that I could simply master one cookie recipe. One. Just one. I can’t bake red velvet cake or chewy chocolate chip cookie for sure, but perhaps I could bake a smashing good shortbread cookie. Besides, there are 101 cookie cutters for me to play with.
P.S.: If you have great tips and tricks on baking shortbread cookies, I’d love to hear them! xoxo