Fox Cookies

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last blog post…yikes, time surely does fly.

It’s been a busy ol’ time, buying a house, selling our apartment, all that goes with that (paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork followed by appointments, cleaning, sorting, more paperwork, finding a new school…) and also (almost) completing my yoga teacher training course…and last week our lovely boy turned 7, I’ve posted a few pics of his birthday treats over on my Instagram account and been asked if I’d share the recipe so here we go…I tried a few different recipes and this one is really good, the cookies keep their shape, don’t spread in the oven and taste good too. *don’t even think about using a shortbread recipe…what a waste of time THAT was!

I used a Fox cookie cutter by Emporte-PiΓ©ces at MeriMeri and then I made a little cardboard stencil out of the packaging to use for dusting on the cacao powder.

Ingredients: (makes around 35 cookies when you keep rolling out the off cuts and cutting more)

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of unsalted butter, softened (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cups of castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups (17 ounces) of All-Purpose Flour (use white flour to get the pale colour of the cookie)
  • Cacao powder for dusting (optional)
  • wooden cocktail stick to make the indents for the eyes.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375f / 190c degrees.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl and set aside.
  • Place butter in a bowl and beat until smooth. I used my KitchenAid to do this but you can do it by hand.
  • Add the sugar and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix well.
  • Mix in the flour one cup at a time and mix just until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix.
  • Divide the dough into 3 balls and place in the fridge for about 10 mins, this helps the gluten to develop so you can roll it out without it breaking up.
  • Roll each one out on a mat (I rolled out onto baking paper then layered them up on to a baking tray), roll them out to about 3mm deep, any thinner and you risk the cookies breaking too easily. Then pop them into the freezer for 10-15 minutes and cut out your cookie shapes and bake 7-9 minutes. It is important to freeze them first as this really helps them keep their firm shape.
  • Once I had cut them out I placed them onto baking paper on an oven tray, then used the stencil I’d made and dusted them carefully with the cacao powder using a soft brush (I have a craft brush I keep for this job), made the little indents for the eyes with the cocktail stick and popped them in the oven, I did one tray at a time for around 8 mins each, place them on a wire rack too cool and then stop the kids from wanting to eat them all πŸ™‚

The paper bags in the image above are simply stitched rectangles of baking paper filled with dried fruit (I used cranberries and raisins) and some chocolate covered pepernoten and raisins, I wanted a simple non-plastic treat for the kids to enjoy. #uselessplastic

Ship Ahoy!

melonshipΒ  Dexclasspic1Β  PirateMelonClass

Hello and thanks for stopping by. My boy turned 5 yesterday! Here in the Netherlands it is tradition for the children to take a treat into school to share with classmates, sugary food is of course not a good idea so fruit is a good alternative. We checked out Pinterest last week for ‘traktatie’ (treat) ideas and Dexie chose a Pirate Ship melon! I was kind of wishing I hadn’t shown him the internet but it’s good to challenge yourself (apparently) so we went shopping for a boat shaped melon at the weekend. Turns out October is not the best time to shop for watermelons in this neck of the world.

Sunday evening I set to (fortified with a glass of Sauvingon) with my carving knife whilst the other parent made the pirate flags (good job one of us is a professional). It takes patience but it’s not that difficult (working out the best way to cut the sails and get them to stay up is the hardest part). So I say, “give this one a go!”.

Thanks to the teacher for taking the class room photos! Better than my grainy efforts. *note to self – take the time to photograph these things better!

Time for coffee and cake now… got a lion cake to make for Sunday!

#keepthekidsawayfrompinterest

cafe*Delicious cakes and coffee at RumBaba in Oost.