Monday, 22 June 2020

Nom nom nom

The first batch of oatmeal cookies
Baking cookies is a dangerous business. The two main reasons are of course: fail or not fail. If they fail, you can throw the whole batch in the bin (did do, on two occasions). If they do not fail, you run the risk of eating yourself sick. Which, I have NOT done by the way. 

Let's start with the oatmeal cookies. The first batch worked out okay-ish. Even after cooling off, they were still quite crumbly. Good, but crumbly. So, I made another batch. This time with a combined recipe that did not work. At all. They would disintegrate on a look. Bin it was.

The strawberry cookie dough
Then I made strawberry cookies. I had high hopes for these. And the dough looked lovely and pink, just as it should. Unfortunately I think they were in the oven too long and instead of having pink cookies, they were light brown. And brittle. And a bit blergh. My idea of having a nice frosting on, didn't work too well either: too liquid, not a nice taste. Bin it was.

On Saturday though, I started afresh. Not with the oatmeal cookies as there is no baking powder to be had anywhere and I needed baking powder for them. Word on the street (eg comment list for the recipe) was that I shouldn't use self raising flour. So, the oatmeal cookies will have to wait until I can get my hands on some baking powder or decide on the self raising flour anyway.

Melting moments ready for the oven
Instead I started with Melting Moments. Those of you of an Australian or Newzealandian (that can't be right) inclination might know them, I learned about them through Martha Stewart (who is American). The basic recipe was quite simple with only four ingredients: butter, flour, icing sugar and custard powder. The result were slightly yellow (due to the custard powder) delicious cookies. 

But, that wasn't the end of it yet. Two of those cookies should be joined together by some buttercream. Which again called for four ingredients only: butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Just to be different I added some ground freeze-dried red fruits. Definitely no bin for those!

The finished melting moments, YUM
So, what's up for the next baking session? Well, brownies, chocolate chip cookies and those oatmeal cookies. For my birthday this year I will not do cake, I will do cookies only. Stick them on a table and make sure they are all gone by the time my guests go home. With a massive sugar overload I hasten to add...


  1. Hari OM
    ...Melting Moments were one of my first baking experiences at school... they are actually very much a British invention, with variations along the way.

    And you have inspired me - dad will love these and I have the ingredients!!! YAM xx

    1. Good to be inspiring. Enjoy your Moments...

  2. Ohhhh the Melting moments look scrumptious...
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. You have been busy! If I bake them I eat them so I choose not to bake them. I did make a chocolate cake for Mark and I never even tasted it. Made some corn bread from scratch yesterday.

  4. Those last ones have my mouth watering.

    1. They were yummy! Really good and definitely worth trying again. Not hard to make either.

  5. Those last ones look delish! No baking here today except for the house residents. We are getting a new AC unit installed so it will be off for the day and we will be roasting!


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