Despite two holiday rants this week, we are actually on 4th gear with respect to holiday preparations and only a nasty cold is going to slow me down at this point. While I was in Cebu for several office Christmas events, our cook made four batches of gingerbread dough and baked some giant snowflake cookies. They look beautiful, but turned out rather moist and we broke some 60% of them when drying and moving them around. We did manage to decorate a dozen and a half or so, so there’s plenty for the holidays and the house is beginning just smell absolutely wonderful… the aroma of gingerbread and a fresh Christmas tree are really putting me in a Christmassy kind of mood.
I always forget when I make great plans for a cookie buffet that these kinds of cookies are so incredibly time consuming and my hands shake so much it’s a hassle to pipe the icing on them. But whenever we are done, it always seems to be worth the effort!
These cookies were quite striking, but only my second favorite to these red and white ones I did eight years ago from a recipe in Gourmet magazine.
Our cook, Mrs. MM and I spent a couple of hours on Sunday morning decorating the cookies, and munching on all of crumbs and broken cookies that were placed in a tupperware for friends who can wolf them down like popcorn. I could also use them as the basis for a crust for cheesecake or a pumpkin pie, so nothing will go to waste, despite the breakage…
The multiple sized silver dragees are from G. Detou in Paris, and they looked wonderful on the white icing. The red (and green not shown and shimmering) decorating sugar was also from G. Detou and other shops in the kitchen and food supplies district in Paris.
And as Mrs. MM was munching on broken pieces, she decided these pieces looked a bit like reindeer with large antlers so she decided to make some of those. Only they turned out looking a bit like ati-atihan dancers instead. Hahaha. You saw it here first, ati-atihan dancers in gingerbread. :)