Hello to you all!

Today I decided to finally try out one of my many quirky Christmas presents I received. This one in particular was given to me by my dear friend Cara. We have been best friends since year six in primary school. In year 9 she was lame and moved to Christchurch but even after six years our long distance relationship is still going strong. Cara also loves baking, the more sugary, chocolaty, caramely the better! She makes amazing chocolate and caramel brownie! Anyway she sent me this wonderful cookie cutter set which consisted of 5 different mustache shapes. Excellent!

The reason it has taken me so long to use these is that I have been in search of a cookie recipe that will work with them. This is where my baking friend Zoe comes in with her wonderful Dutch Speculaas recipe that I secretly stole from our friend Liz! Check out her ones. They are amazing.

So once our kitchen scales finally decided to work again I got underway . . .

So in a bowl beat together 220g of butter and 250g of brown sugar for 3-4 minutes until nice and creamy.

Then mix in 2 tablespoons of milk

Then in a separate bowl sieve 500g of flour with 2 tablespoons of baking powder

Next come the spices! 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, 2 teaspoons ground ginger and 1 teaspoon nutmeg.

Sieve this all into your bowl  . . . carefully my bowl and sieve was a bit too small.

See what I mean?

So mix very slowly

The mixture was a bit crumbly so I added around about another 2 tablespoons of milk so moisten it up a bit

Now shape and roll the dough into a disc, wrap in glad wrap and pop in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight. Ok so I was impatient and left it 4 hours.

Now soften the dough a bit in the microwave and roll out.

This is Chris, he was a bit enthusiastic . . .

These are the cookie cutters! You can flip them over and imprint the hair pattern on the cookie.

Thanks Chris.

Now once they are all cut out and imprinted pop them in the fridge while the oven is heating up to 170 degrees.

Bam! after 15 minutes in the oven they are cooked and crispy!

This mustache is known as the walrus

Hmm I tried to ice them, but I thought they looked better left plain.

I was inspired by Chris' random patchy ginge stubble (slash I didn't have brown or black food colouring).

And here is my brother Jack (on the left) and his mate Jack (on the right).

So I am thinking about doing a cheap flat cooking segment soon, thoughts?