Food for Thought; My Christmas Cookie Failure

It’s quite hard to feel Christmassy when the sun beats down and it’s hitting 30 degrees still outside. Where your children are running round in shorts and you’re more likely to be eating ice cream than sipping on warming hot chocolates. So after I spotted some dried cranberries whilst shopping this week I decided that we should at least attempt to be a bit Christmassy and practice our Santa cookies.

This is the recipe book and what they were supposed to look like:

Hummingbird Cake Book
Hummingbird Cake Book

What actually happened? I forgot that I have a threenager. Who is at the I need to be completely independent stage.

No problem, I thought.

We’ll be grand, I thought.

And so we were. The Grufflo apron went on no problem, he let me tie it up, washed his hands and jumped up on the step.

At which stage the whole


Started. And not just “my do it” but “my do it myself“.

Fine. I am all for independent learning. Adding the butter to the sugar. No problem.

butter to cookie mix

Creaming the butter and sugar together. He is a PRO with a whisk.

creaming butter and sugar

Cracking the egg. Sprinkling the cinnamon. Sieving the flour and folding it in. Tipping the cranberries. Rolling the cookies into balls. Shouting at me to be careful because the oven is hot. Tick. Tick. Tick. I thought I was onto a winner. I thought soon he will be overtaking me with his baking abilities.

We made a cup of tea and sat back to relax together, all was fine and dandy then we went to check on the cookies. Watching the cookies and wondering why they aren’t rising. Why they aren’t spreading.

Realising that in the midst of the MY DO IT MY DO IT MY DO IT shouting I have forgotten to add a vital ingredient.

No baking powder.

Cookie failure.

Sorry Santa – we’ll keep practicing. The mix was tasty though.

cookie mix tasting

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  1. November 24, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    “My do it”is a common one in my house too!!! My daughter is only 2 though. It starts early. Too bad the cookies didn’t turn out – at least you will have the recipe perfected before Santa arrives! It’d be strange to have hot weather for Christmas, I’d say that takes some getting used to x

    • Laura
      November 27, 2015 / 7:55 am

      It’s a little strange, its our second christmas here so I thought I’d be a little more used to it but no! At least it gets very Christmassy here, with lots of festive things to do thanks to the large expat community. x

  2. November 24, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    They get sooooo independent so young! Bet he loved it anyway! #twinklytuesday

    • Laura
      November 27, 2015 / 7:52 am

      He’s eaten all the biscuits so they can’t have been that bad I guess!

  3. November 24, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Sorry Laura but I am so glad that there is someone else around like me! Hubby calls me his kitchen princess. Next time buy a mix in a box then it simply can’t go wrong. I bet you had fun though! #twinklytuesday

    • Laura
      November 27, 2015 / 7:50 am

      Haha! We can unite with our kitchen failures! I’ve had mix in a box go wrong….generally when I get distracted and I burn them. I try though – got to give myself points for that!xx

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