DAY 8 



We had some friends over to decorate cookies yesterday with the little ones. I really wanted it to be gingerbread houses but thought they'd want to eat their creations or at least take them home and the graham crackers mini houses were just too fragile for the little ones. Instead I just put together a simple batch of gingerbread dough, cut some shapes and baked the cookies which took no time at all. A very helpful friend then assisted to colour and transfer store bought frosting to plastic tubes, we laid out some coloured fondant for snowmen scarfs and, divvied up some toppings into cupcakes trays. Voila a cavity filled activity .... sorry mums. A  little  parental supervision is recommended just to assist with a less is more approach (right Nic), but the guys did and great job. Surprisingly there wasn't much candy snacking along the way, although I noticed Chloe who was smart enough to realise we were all distracted and managed a few.

Cookie Recipe 


  • 125g unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar 
  • 2/3 cup (230g) golden syrup 
  • 2 1/2 cups (375g) plain all purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda, sifted 
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice (or cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6- 8minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup, flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger, mixed spice and beat until the mixture just comes together to form a smooth dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden.





I found these reindeer cookies on Pinterest and thought they would be fun to make and eat whilst decorating the cookies. Using the same gingerbread dough as the cookies I made a rough triangular head and before baking pressed in brown and red  M&Ms for the eyes and nose and two pretzels for the Reindeers horns. Rudolph never looked more edible. Sorry santa