Monday, September 27, 2010

SEPTEMBER 2010 DARING BAKER CHALLENGE: Get Creative!

The September 2010 Daring Baker's Challenge was hosted by Mandy of "What the Fruitcake?!" Mandy everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on the recipes by Peggy Porschen and the Joy of Baking.
Oh my, it's the end of September already!! And it's time for the Daring Bakers! For this month it was a fun challenge, I'd have to admit this is the first time I've decorated my cookies with icing. When I first read the challenge, I heaved a sigh of relief, no more ice cream! I mean, I love ice cream but it was time for a change. And what a refreshing change this is! I haven't had this much fun baking for a while.
This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe I've tried, I used another recipe of sugar cookies when I baked with some kids from a kinder class and it became unmanageable after a while, but this particular recipe was not as sensitive as that.
Mandy said to decorate the cookies with the theme of September and what it means for each of us, well September is when I start the countdown for my trip to the beach..so I made my cookies into marine animal shapes.
And I couldn't resist making flower shapes just because they are cute and girly when decorated with pink :)

Thank you Mandy for this month's challenge, I had a lot of fun and in the process learned to be a bit more patient. Love the cookie recipe!


45 comments:

Maranda said...

Your cookies are fantastic!!! I love the sea creatures theme. I hope you have a great time on your trip!

Great job on the challenge! (And I agree...thank goodness it wasn't more ice cream!)

Marcellina said...

I love your sea themed cookies! So detailed! And yes, flower cookies are irresistable.I think I'll try those next... and butterflies! Where did you get your cutters from or did you make them?

Suzler said...

I love these! The decoration is so stylish. I'm particularly taken with the starfish & the fish scales. And who doesn't love a flower? Gorgeous!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Beautiful cookies. Nicely decorated! Love the pastel colours.

chef_d said...

Thank you for your kind comments :) @Marcellina--I just bought my cookie cutters from the baking supply store here in Manila :)

Ruth H. said...

I love the fish! They are so fun! Your cookies look amazing. The colors are fresh, and the designs look beautiful! Have a great time at the beach!

Claire said...

I was wondering what the fish meant! What a great thing to look forward to...and a great job on the cookies! Glad you were able to do something you'd never done before.

Renata said...

Absolutely adorable, both marine and the flowers are adorable! Great piping work!

Marty said...

Your decorations are fantastic! And I agree about the cookie recipe - it is very good and I couldn't stop myself from munching on them as they came out of the oven :-)

Cakelaw said...

These are super cute - I especially love the fish.

Koci said...

Oooh, I love the beach theme! These cookies look delicious, too. Great job!

lo81 said...

Your cookies are so cute, I love the red flowers!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Yay the beach sounds nice. I like the little cut outs on your flower cookies, lovely idea.

Anita said...

I love the different themes you've used. They all look fantastic!

Aparna said...

I like the colours on your cookies. I also thought to myself "no cakes or buttercream" when I say this month's challenge. :)

Mary said...

I love the dolphins and sea shapes, but pink flowers are wonderful too! Have a great time at the beach!
:)

procrastinatingbaker said...

I love those dolphins - so cute! is it wrong to find dolphins tasty?!

shelley c. said...

How awesome that this challenge got you re-energized in the kitchen! :) I love your marine-creatures - we are big beach fans here, so we took an extra liking to your theme. And I would never guess by looking at your cookies that this was your first experience with decorating this way. Very well done.

onevanillabean said...

Really like the delicate color hues you used. The angelfish are my favorite. Great work on those little scales. And the flower cookies with cut out centers are so creative!

Tamanna said...

those are gorgeous cookies! love your theme =)

Valerie said...

Gorgeous! I ♥ that dolphin. :D

Daniela said...

Bellissimi questi biscotti! Complimenti per il tuo blog.
Buona settimana Daniela.

Christina said...

beautiful job! They look awesome :)

Lori said...

I love the fish- so neat with their pretty fins.

Joseph's Grainery Recipes said...

My lil' guy would've loved the dolphins you made. He loves anything related to the ocean. :)

Debugcooking said...

oh i love yr theme and the cookies are gorgeous!

Manu said...

Amazing! Your cookies are lovely!
Are you certain that is your first time decorating with royal icing? ;) look like a professional!
(I was a little tired of ice cream challenges too!)

alice said...

Gorgeously inspired. Great effort!

Mandy said...

I'm really glad that you enjoyed the challenge and the recipe. It really is a great one for decorating!

I love your flowers and marine animals, beautifully done. Thank you for taking part of the challenge :)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Love the sea theme with fishies and dolphins. What attention to detail! Glad you liked my Filipino recipe and hope I get your vote!

Cath said...

I was also relieved that there wasn't any ice-cream involved!!!
Love your sea creatures - such lovely aqua colours!

anchan said...

What pretty fish! You iced everything so beautifully! xxx

Kris Ngoei said...

Cute marine themed cookies... I simply adore the aquamarine color...

And yes, you are right... I also learnt to be a bit more patient through this challenge :-)

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Happy Cook said...

They look absloutley beautiful. Love the sea ones.

Joy said...

They are adorable.

UFRV said...

What a wonderful idea, I loved the turtle shapes, where did you find those cutters?? You did a wonderful job with those, such nice colors...

And I agree, the flowers looked so pretty!

culinography said...

Love your sea creatures... and love the color scheme!! Beautifully done!

Renuka said...

Thank you so much chef_d for visiting my blog. I love your cookies esp the dolphin, they are so cut and I love the fishes too, what I like about them is how you drew just the scales and did not color the whole fish. I am so glad I found your blog, thanks to DB..

Lovliebutterfly said...

Your cookies look perfect! I also enjoyed this challenge as I hardly ever do any decorations on my cookies, so it was a change to plain ones! Great job! :)

Lisa said...

WOW, your cookies are gorgeous - love the dolphins! Beautiful royal icing work on all the cookies. Wish I had your steady hand :) BTW, I couldn't resist the flower shapes either, although my flowers aren't exactly flowers LOL

Olive said...

Hi Dahlia!

You did a really great job on the challenge,your cookies are all beautiful..I like the flowers best :)

annmartina said...

Nice calming colors. I agree with learning more patience. I thought I would decorate a couple of cookies and call it a day, but I enjoyed doing it. Very pretty cookies

Indie.Tea said...

I've seen several bloggers post these cookies, but your rendition is the prettiest I've seen yet! I love the white ones in particular.

Sirius73 said...

Love your pretty fish :-)

Nadia said...

pretty pretty, and yes you are right, by far the best sugar cookies