Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spiced Christmas Cookies & Peach Jam

When making my Christmas box goodies, I made a boo boo with the gingerbread men. For the gingerbread men, I intended to use the Bourke Street Bakery recipe.  A slight problem arose when I tried to watch TV while making the dough at the same time.  I misread the ingredients and added white sugar instead of brown sugar to the dough - oops.

What to do? I didn't want to waste all that dough, so I rolled it out, cut out Christmas shaped cookies from it and baked them. I then decorated them with rolled fondant patterned using an embossing mat, which I stuck onto the cookies by brushing the cookie surface with warmed apricot jam before applying the fondant. A winner! People loved these, even though they were the accidental cookies.

My goodie boxes also featured peach jam made using Maggie Beer's recipe that I have made before, using skin and all.  Because I was giving away the jam as presents, I dressed them up with labels and paper tied with string:

I think it looks cute, although it was fiddly to do.

Have you had any recent baking mistakes that you were able to come back from? If so, what happened and how did you fix it? I'd live to hear your stories.


Johanna GGG said...

I like multi tasking when I am baking and do just this sort of thing. Your bikkies look gorgeous as does your jam - I made some jam too because stone fruit has been so ridiculouly cheap and plentiful.

2paw said...

Oh, you must have been very annoyed, but what an excellent save. They look so beautiful!!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I think that sounds like a perfectly forgiveable mistake. Much better than the time I used salt instead of sugar! :P

Kari said...

Sometimes accidental things are the best! These certainly look beautiful - your decorating is gorgeous.