First of all, I'd like to say one thing. For the first time since I was 17 I am no longer employed by the protective and cushy bubble that is the local authority. Yup, on Friday I bid Gateshead Council and Housing Company a final farewell, thus closing that chapter of my life forever. I've met some wonderful people and had some super fun times and I hope whoever may be reading this knows I'll miss that little corner of my office deeply. However, in the same breath I am overjoyed to state that I am now the newest member of the Bigface Studio family. Yeah sure, there might just be Kris and myself at the moment, but that's not the point ;) Now, onwards and upwards!
Right, now I've got that out of the way let me get to the main attraction. I've never been a big fan of sugar cookies, I've just never found a recipe that has worked for me. They're either too tough, to crumbly, too bland or just too damn difficult to work with. Sweet Melissas version was one of the better cookies I've came across. The dough came together quickly and easily and was very pliable. Now, I'm certainly not a fan of delicate flavours, I like to taste my food and taste it big, so with this in mind I upped the amount of vanilla and lemon zest by half a tsb each. After reading my fellow SMS bakers comments I'm certainly glad I did, the main theme running through the posts were 'lack of flavour' and 'bland'. Glad I dodged that bullet.
I've always been a little bit obsessed with sugar skulls and after having a rake through my assortment of cookie cutters I decided to use my halloween skull and spend an afternoon colouring in bright and beautiful Day of the Dead style biccies. I sold the biscuits at a friends gig and boy were they the hit of the show. Everyone that wandered past out little stall commented on their decoration before digging deep in their wallets to become a proud owner ;) Thanks Melissa and thanks Nina for your awesome pick this week, you've rekindled my faith in sugar cookies!
I do apologise for my early post, but I have a very busy day ahead of me tomorrow and I just wouldn't get the time to get this up. I hope you forgive me!