Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the tenth day of Christmas (Christmas Wreaths)

Okay I did it again, I used another Better Homes and Gardens recipe, and guess what - it worked! I was so excited when this recipe just worked for me until it came to tasting the end result. Bland, bland and blander. There is absolutely nothing of interest with these cookies. They were going to be used as Christmas presents, but currently they are sitting in my rubbish bin with a whole heap of day old cat food on top of them - not so yummy.

So that is it - I am done with Better Homes and Gardens recipes! To be honest I can't believe it took me this long.

Let us hope that the next two (and final two) baking days of Christmas are more successful!

Christmas Wreaths (from Better Homes and Gardens - December 2007)
Makes 16

2 3/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup icing sugar
125g unsalted butter, chilled, chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
Extra flour, for kneading
Extra 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 1 tbsp hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line 2 trays with baking paper.
  2. Put the flour and icing sugar in a food processor and process for 30 seconds. Add the butter and process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the eggs and vanilla and process until the mixture forms into a ball.
  3. Gently knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide dough into 16 pieces. Divide each portion in half and roll each half into a 16cm long sausage shape. Twist the 2 sausages together and form into a circle shape. Press the edges together, forming a wreath. Put the wreath onto the prepared oven tray. Repeat with remaining portions of dough.
  4. Bake wreaths for 15-20 minutes or until firm to the touch and cooked underneath. Stand tray on a wire rack until biscuits are cool.
  5. Put extra icing sugar in a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre, add the vanilla and stir in enough water until a thin mixture is formed. Put biscuits in a single layer on a wire rack over a sheet of baking paper or a tray. Spoon a little of the icing over each biscuit. Leave for 30 minutes or until the icing is firm.

1 out of 5 reindeers!


Rose said...

What a shame, they look like they would be a lot of work to get the shape right as well. Better luck with your next day of christmas :)


Rhianne said...

Oh no, that is a shame as they look so pretty! Do you think you will try them again with a different recipe as I love the idea of wreath cookies.

p.s. got your card :) I looove how your stickers turned out - I practically danced when I saw it, thank you!

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh nooo! it looked so good too.
goodluck tomorrow ♥

cookies and cups said...

Too bad :(
WHat in the world are you doing with all these cookies??

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Aww, what a bummer - they look so pretty!

Hope your next batch of cookies is more tasty. :-)

Gala said...

Yayy for a working recipe,Buu for flavor!

Little Miss Cupcake said...

oh no! well, they look pretty in any case. i hate when that happens!

Miss Dot said...

Oh what a bummer! I agree with ^Little Miss Cupcake^, they ARE really pretty!

Stupid BHG :-P I spit in its general direction!

Paris Pastry said...

I'm sorry this one didn't work out too! But you still have nine days till Christmas to bake some great & pretty recipes.

oneordinaryday said...

That's too bad! Clearly a lot of work went into them to make them so perfectly pretty. Sorry for the disappointment!

Renata said...

Well, they may not had taken all the 5 reindeers rating, but they do look good!

Ash said...

that bad??? haha
They do look nice though!

emma wallace said...

Oh, they're so pretty! You couldn't have added something on top to spruce up the flavor? They're just too lovely to toss, it seems!

abigail said...

very disappointing- they look so pretty.

mum/toddler/babe said...

What shame they don't taste good!! They look great.

alissa said...

bummer they didnt taste good - theyre so darn cute!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Such a shame because these are so cute! I just came across a similar looking recipe in a new cookie book I grabbed from the bargain bin. It'll be a while before I can bake much but I'll let you know if it tastes better than rubbish 8).

kanishk said...

I love the idea of wreath cookies.

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