Artist Attempts Holiday Cookie Baking

Bob'sCookiesThis is the first Holiday season in 30+ years that we haven’t been super busy doing an art booth at all the arts and crafts shows from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska.  I decided to take a break, and enjoy my home and have some time to do what regular people do during the holidays.  First on the list was to bake cookies to put in colorful tins and give out as gifts.  First, I do not bake and second, neither does my husband Bob.  So, when we decided to spend the day baking it became a huge learning curve.  I admit, painting and drawing are much easier.  We started with some recipes in magazines I’d saved through the years.  This one looked promising; Lemon Coolers.  The recipe directed; add butter to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until creamy.  That sounded like a no brainer, so while I did other things Bob was assigned this task.  The recipe assumes that you have baked before, it should have said; add butter and SLOWLY mix into the dry dry ingredients starting at very low speed then gradually speeding up to medium.  Starting at medium speed caused the beater to grab the rectangle of butter and flail it around spewing the flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients all over the counter, floor and clothes!  After cleaning up this mess Bob formed the dough into 1″ balls and placed them on a cookie sheet.  Being a man who did not want to waste space he filled one cookie sheet with round balls.  The recipe should have said how far to space the little balls.  The results looked like this!CookieCakeWe call this the “Cookie Cake”.  We removed them carefully with a spatula, separating them into squares.  The good news is; they taste good!  I don’t think these will make the gift tins.  Today we will try more new recipes.  I’ve spent all my life at the easel and have a huge admiration for people who have mastered baking skills.  There is so much to know that is not written in the recipe that an experienced cook knows.  After the cussing we decided it was still a fun thing to do.

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  1. That second picture made me laugh out loud. You’re recipes should be more specific. 🙂

  2. Marian, I have more and more respect for those of you who devote themselves to culinary arts. Mine taste good, but are not particularly aesthetic.

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