DARING BAKERS CHALLENGE: Decorated Sugar Cookies

The September 2010 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Mandy of

What the Fruitcake?!

Mandy challenged us to make

Decorated Sugar Cookies

based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

The theme Mandy set was


- whatever happens in our life in September is what our cookies are to be about.

To me, September is the beginning of Spring; the beginning of longer days and lighter nights; the smell of Jasmine flowers in the air; and tea parties!

I picked up these gorgeous cutters recently - perfect for my tea party theme.

I really, really enjoyed this challenge, however the part I found the hardest was actually the baking of the cookies...sorry, but I can hear my brother yelling "their biscuits" in the background, followed by "we're not American". I've been baking biscuits for years, but having recently installed a new oven, I'm still not 100% comfortable with the temperature settings and found I was burning the bottoms of these delicate little babies.

Once I managed to overcome that issue, it was smooth sailing....well as smooth as my fingers would let me be.

I'm not great at freehand drawing (fantastic at colouring in between the lines though) so it took some practice to get the flow going, but when it got going I was in seventh heaven...

Thank you so much Mandy for picking such a wonderful theme which really challenged me through to the end. I've come out of this challenge feeling a lot more confident...and perhaps with the start of a new little hobby.

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