Monday, December 24, 2012

My Twelves Days of Christmas Cookies (Martha Stewart)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Twelve Drummers Drumming
Eleven11 Pipers Piping
Ten Lords-a-Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids-a-Milking
Seven Swans-a-Swimming
Six Geese-a-Laying
Five Gold Rings
Four Colly Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

This is another Christmas song that I like to sing while doing my Christmas baking.  With too much of this song, I think that I'm having difficulties getting this out of my head... HELP! Strangely, I'm baking a part of this music now. LOL!

Originally, I was thinking of using the Christmas tags that I bought from Esty (A Touch of Gray) as stencils to decorate my cookies but ended tracing the designs onto the cookies with royal icing. We love these Christmas-y cookies and again... we can't stop singing this song while eating our cookies.

My family and I will be going to Sydney for small break and will be back again in early January 2013 for more baking and cooking.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

This is me baking with a little Christmas music...
Making the cookie dough
The messy me baking these cookies
Now, I need to decorate these cookies.
Sad to see my yucky stencil cookies!
These look better...
Merry Christmas, everybody!!!
Here's the recipe from Martha Stewart
(with my notes and modification in blue)

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup ground cinnamon 
(1/2 cup! I reckon this is an error and have used 1/2 tsp instead of 1/2 cup)
3 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract 
royal icing
confectioners' sugar or luster dust

Sift flour, cocoa, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt into a large bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Divide dough in half, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hr. 

Preheat oven to 350°F . Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out cookies in desired shapes using cookie cutters, and transfer to baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 mins. (I skipped this step and proceed on baking after cutting)

Bake until crisp, but not dark, 8 to 10 min. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool completely.

Note: Using half of the recipe, I have cut 48 cookies with a 58mm
fluted round cutter and baked them at 160°C fan forced for 8 mins.

Punch desired shape out of stiff paper using a craft punch. Hold stencil over 1 cookie, and brush a thin layer of icing over exposed surface using a small food-safe paintbrush. Holding stencil in place, gently sift confectioners' sugar over cookie through a fine sieve to evenly coat exposed surface. Lift stencil, and return cookie to wire rack. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry.  

Note: I tried the stencil decorating method but reckon that my stencil cookies look really yucky. And so, I drew the shape of Twelves days of Christmas characters with royal icing and decorated them with some Christmas sprinkles.

Happy Baking and Merry Christmas

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  1. I love these cookies and the theme you came up with! That's very creative and would put all in a Xmas mood =) I won't be able to decide which to eat =P

  2. Your cookies looks so festive with the deco done so beautifully. Merry chrsitmas to you and happy holidays!!

  3. So funny, we learned it as "4 calling birds" over here.

  4. Hi Zoe,
    Beautiful cookies! Love the decoration!
    Enjoy your holidays with your "Happy Kids"! :)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. Zoe~~
    I must say "cheers~~~"
    so cute!!! haha~~

    merry x'mas~~~

  6. What a lovely idea...all your cookies look so cute and perfect for the holidays! I hope you have a lovely Christmas break and wishing you a very merry Christmas! :-)

  7. Yet another stunning creation by Zoe!! Loved them Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  8. Hi Zoe,
    Lovely cookies!! All the cookies is so neatly decorated.

    I have been wanting to make the 12 days of Christmas cookies too..!!
    Think that will have to be next year's project..LOL

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Happy Kids Family..:D

  9. Loving those beautifully done cookies Zoe. Merry Christmas

  10. Merry Xmas! :) Love the recipe!! The cookies look soooo cute! :)

  11. Wishing u and u family Merry X'mas & Happy New Year :)

  12. Cookies look beautiful Zoe..luvd the decoration..Merry Christmas to u :)

  13. enjoy your holidays , zoe! talk to you when you're back!

  14. Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 to you and your family!

  15. I love the stenciling. Merry Christmas!

  16. What lovely cookies! I like the way you decorate them by hand, much better than the stenciled one:D Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  17. Very nice cookies! Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas Zoe!

  18. Very festive looking cookies, Zoe! Merry Christmas to you and all at home!

  19. Hi Zoe! Dropping by to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a fruitful 2013 year ahead!

  20. Your cookies are so cute and so appropriate for Christmas. Love your creativity. Zoe, Merry Christmas to you and family and have a wonderful Christmas break! Take care.

  21. Lovely cookies Zoe, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  22. Hi Zoe, your cookies look cute and tempting. Nice stencils. :)

    Wishing you and family a very Merry Christmas. Happy holiday.
    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  23. Happy Christmas and a Bountiful 2013 , Zoe !!! Let me try some of that pretty delicious cookies :D

  24. Hi Zoe,

    Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

    Beautiful cookies!

  25. Hi Zoe!

    OMG! Sooooo cuteeee!!!

    And that is one of my favourite Christmas songs too!

  26. LOL...Merry Xmas to you & your family & enjoy the holiday season, Zoe. Your cookies are so festive & cute ! Love the last photo - a partridge in the pear tree . I was listening to this song sang by Natalie Cole while decorating my ginger houses too! LOL

  27. These came out so cute, I'm a sucker for a partridge and a cookie. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, enjoy your family and break.

  28. Merry Christmas to you , Zoe. Awesome cookies for Christmas.

  29. Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying your time away with your family.

  30. Omg, stunning cookies,loving that decoration. Belated xmas wishes.

  31. Hi Zoe! Hope you had a great Christmas! I've just nominated you an award, do come and claim it!

    Take care!

  32. Beautiful cookies Zoe! I love the decor! Have a very happy and prosperous New Year with your family!

  33. Just mouthwatering stuff...seasons greetings!

  34. Love all your festive looking cookies. Happy New Year to you my dear. Hugs.

  35. That song is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs too! Some really great cookies here - very creative! I hope you've been having a great holiday, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!

  36. gorgeous, love the idea! so funny 1/2 cup cinnamon - can you imagine?!

  37. Such adorable cookies, Zoe! And so festive, too. Have a wonderful New Year! :)

  38. looks lovely & delicious...mouthwatering!

  39. Hi,
    These Sounds like Yummy..!!
    This Christmas Cookies looks delicious and adorable.
    I love Cookies.I am really exited to eat this delicious.
    Thanks For Sharing....