My plan was to follow Sweetopia’s instructions on making her beautiful polar bear gingerbread cookies. (My computer security blocked the website on my laptop but I could easily retrieve it on my iPad.) I had the help of a 120% detail-oriented friend.
In this post I’m going to let you in on some tips and techniques that were left out of (or assumed) in Sweetopia’s post. Suffice it to say I will NOT be making these again in this exact way. Maybe one day the bears will reappear as sugar cookies (already white) but not gingerbread with royal icing.
First I ordered a copper polar bear cookie cutter from ecrandal.com which is beautiful in itself. It arrived on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday morning I mixed up the dough in my Kitchen Aid following the instructions exactly. I even weighed out the butter and flour in grams as per the recipe instead of using cup and tablespoon measurements.
I creamed together the butter and brown sugar.
Then I added two eggs and a cup of molasses to the mixture.
I mixed and sifted all the dry ingredients together leaving out the baking powder. The dry ingredients were added to the wet ones and mixed until blended.
The dough was sticky but I put it between two sheets of parchment paper and rolled it out then put it in the refrigerator to chill for an hour.
The dough was very firm upon removal from the refrigerator but was still too sticky to roll with the rolling pin without paper. All the dough had to be rolled between two sheets of parchment.
After rolling to a desired thickness — about a half centimeter — and cutting with the cookie cutter, we tried to lift the bears from the paper and put them on a clean piece on the cookie sheet.
Instead we had to tear away the negative space dough and leave the bear shapes on the original paper in tact.
On the second try (because there’s a lot of dough) I sifted a little white flour over the parchment then dough topped with another piece of parchment. The rolling went better and we could extract some individual bears so we could bake a whole sheet instead of just a few at a time.
The cookies tasted good — a little spicy and not too sweet. I think we made about two and a half dozen. As we were almost finished baking the last batch the electricity went off for an hour and a half. I would have quit at that point but was encouraged by my friend not to lose heart so we stoked up the fire in the fireplace and I went on to an interim project.
Tomorrow I’ll have Part Two: The finishing.
What have you attempted recently that was more difficult than you planned? Easier?