I'm back - with Cookies
Hello there strangers... Been a fair minute since I have put fingers to keyboard. That sounds exceptionally less romantic than pen to paper, but such are the times.
Not that I have enough posts for people to think, "gosh dang-it where has she been?" I'm going to tell you anyway.
As Shelley Shepard Gray once said, "Idle hands make fretful minds."
How does this explain where I've been? Easy. I wasn't working, and I became a little bundle of negative. At first I was able to blog, and pretend I was super busy. But after a while that became a facade, and I'm not the facade type. So, I disappeared. Shew, that is an honesty bomb. Anyhoo... I'm back.
I was pulled up and out my nego-sphere by a three week working stint in Limpopo. Upon my return, I was boosted by a Christmas lunch - that's right I also cater events when and where I get the chance. So now that I am back in the posi-sphere, I'm here to fill your screen with some reading material. Is there is point to this ramble?
Well yes. Whilst mildly hinting that you should think about hiring me. I'm also here to suggest a few ways to fill your silly season down time, in order to prevent idle hands and the nego-sphere.
So if you have read the past posts, you know that I am a bush break, day break lover. But sometimes I am a huge homebody. This can be due to being broke, or close there to. Or being in the nego-shpere. Or simply because.
When I'm feeling home bound, I still do one of the things I love to do. I cook. It is not something a lot of people think of doing for entertainment, or as self care. But cooking really can be fun, therapeutic and a great way to bond with friends, and family.
One of the top fun things to do in the kitchen, alone or with people, is to bake cookies. Icing them is a creative blast. If you think colouring in is therapeutic, this is a level up from that. Each cookie is a blank canvas. For me what tops it off is that you can share your creations, and watch people as they are taken back to moments in their childhood.
On that note, I often give cookies as gifts. A thank you for having me gift - it is rude to show up empty handed after all. Or a personalized set in a cute jar as part of an array of their favorite sweet treats for birthday/ Christmas presents. As simple as it sounds homemade treats make for a very thoughtful gift.
So here it is, my idle hands preventing, boredom busting, present creating cookie recipe.
375 Grams of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
400 Grams of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon Salt
875 Grams Flour
To flavour them, add different spice combinations that you love. I add two to three teaspoons of mixed spice. Which is essentially: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamon. You can also add chocolate chips. Lemon zest - if going this way, add in some lemon extract to make it extra lemony.
What you do - could not be easier.
Beat together eggs, sugar, extracts, butter until light and fluffy. Then mix in all the other ingredients, including your flavour choices, until a dough forms. With your hands squish it all together into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
Try not to eat the dough while rolling the dough out, and cutting your shapes. Place them on greased baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes at 160 Degrees Celsius.
To prevent your shapes from losing shape while baking. Refrigerate them on the baking trays for 15 minutes before baking. If you can resist, let them cool and ice them with your favorite icing.
Happy Baking! Love Gourmet Hippo