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I am a perfectionist. I’ve had this conversation with my husband many times – I have a hard time with things because I really set my expectations too high. In my head, my life should be like Bree Van De Kamp‘s – perfectly clean home, wonderful dinners on the table, and a smile, skirt and pearls when my husband arrives home from work. And when I don’t live up to that, I’m really hard on myself. My husband doesn’t expect this from me, I’ve just always been that way. If I can’t do something well the first time around, I will probably give up on it. I realize that my expectations are really unattainable, but that doesn’t usually change anything.

As I was surfing through food blogs the other day, I came across a blog that I somehow have missed all of these months. The blog is Never Bashful with Butter. There are some great looking recipes on this site!! So when I saw these cookies on Never Bashful With Butter, I just had to try them. They were just about the cutest cookies I had ever seen. I know I’m not good at decorating. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really given myself the chance, and never practiced. I just assumed that I could go home, bake up a batch of cookies, and decorate these amazing little snowflakes. Hmmm, it didn’t quite end up that way…

I didn’t want to completely copy the cookies, so I changed the color to what was supposed to be red instead of blue. The cookies came together easily, and although the frosting was not the color I was thinking in my head, I started decorating. I didn’t want to dirty a pastry bag (what can I say – I was being lazy!) so I loaded the white frosting into a ziploc bag fitted with my chosen tip. I tried to decorate my first cookie – wow, this was harder than I expected!! On my third try at the snowflakes, my ziploc bag burst on the side, leaving me with a mess of frosting all over everything. I wanted to go and cry. I felt like such a failure. My cookies were nowhere as cute as the ones on Never Bashful with Butter, and I only made it through 3 of them before my bag broke!! I hung my head in shame, threw some frosting on the remaining cookies, and used some Christmas sprinkles I had in the cupboard.

Depressed, I went and sat in front of the computer, and decided to wallow in self pity, looking through all of the other wonderful creations on Never Bashful with Butter. And then I discovered it. Because I was a new reader to this blog, I didn’t know of her history. Come to find out, she has a history in decorating. She was a professional cake decorator. Not to make it sound like she is any less talented (because she is ultra talented!) but I felt a little bit better about my cookie failure. It was my first time trying to pipe snowflakes – so what if they didn’t turn out perfectly? I vowed to myself then and there that I wouldn’t be so hard on myself. And that I would actually give myself some time and a learning curve. And that eventually, I will learn to pipe the perfect snowflakes!! The cookies tasted good, and they went in a flash the next day at work, so it really wasn’t a loss.

So here’s to non-perfection!!

To see the very cute, perfect snowflake cookies, go here. This is also the sugar cookie recipe I used. I used this recipe for the frosting.

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32 Responses to Not So Perfect Snowflakes

  1. April says:

    These are very cute! I think that your snowflake looks perfect!

  2. Muffin says:

    hehe.. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your cookies, or your snowflakes. They look cute and sweet and delicious, which is the most important part of any cookie.

    You should have seen some of the cakes I decorated when I first started. Oh my, it was horrible. It was SO BAD. I seriously thought there was something wrong with me. Like, the design was all there in my head, but there was a major disconnect between my head and my hands or something, because it just wasn’t happening. I learned from who I call “the sage” a wise cake decorator that I worked with on my first job. She had been decorating cakes and cookies and cupcakes for about 10 years, and she told me it takes about 6 months working with them constantly to really get a handle on it. Like.. EVERYDAY.

    So don’t feel bad. Your cookies are so much better than ANY of my first cookies or cakes, for that matter.

  3. Emiline says:

    You’re being too hard on yourself! I looked at the cookies, and was like, yum! There’s plenty of time before Christmas, to make some more.

  4. Ann-Marie says:

    Those cookies of yours look delicious! Please put me on your list for getting rid of any of your “not so perfect” cookies!

    I have to say that white snowflakes on Christmas red look very festive, too.

  5. Bev and Ollie "O" says:

    the cookies look fab! who care about perfect looking food? as long as the taste is perfection? :o)

  6. Tiffany says:

    Aww, don’t be so hard on yourself. But, I’m the same way when it comes to baking. I will say though…I think a piping bag is MUCH superior in giving you more contrrol over your designs. So just do some practice designs on a piece of waxed paper whenever you’re bored :-)

  7. Jenn says:

    I think your cookies look pretty cute, and I would definitely enjoy having one right now! Honestly for a first try you did a great job!!

    http://www.chocolateshavings.ca

  8. glamah16 says:

    Your crazy. You did good. Its hard decorating and you seem to have mastered the basics.

  9. Inne says:

    It’s as if I was reading a description of my own character, Deborah! Must be a Virgo thing. But I’m also rather stubborn and I refuse to give up if things don’t work out from the first time.

    Your cookies look really cute, don’t be too hard on yourself. Oh, and if you want to see some cookie foodporn, have a look at kuidaore (http://brandoesq.blogspot.com)

  10. Gigi says:

    I think they look pretty and I love the colors you chose.

  11. Judy says:

    Yes, you sound like me – waaaayyyy too hard on yourself. I have many moments like this, and I am kind of ashamed that I can get so worked up over something like muffins that came out tough – or in your case, a split faux pastry bag.

    Your cookies still look delicious, even if the red isn’t the exact one you wanted and they are sprinkled instead of snowflaked.

  12. Happy cook says:

    For me they are perfect enough.
    Yeah can’t beat the pros

  13. Tartelette says:

    They loook great Bree…hugh…Deborah! I could have written that first paragraph, and if I were really mean I would rea it to my mom, because it’sher fault if I drive myslef nuts sometimes with all these crazy homemaker expectations!!

  14. Bellini Valli says:

    I think your snowflakes look incredible…practice makes perfect as they say and since my hips don’t repel sweets I will stick with my tried and true recipes for now.I really enjoyed the stories of your childhood as well. I remember many a winter with frozen rain in Ontario…the best part was missing school!!!

  15. Dhanggit says:

    honestly while i was reading this post, i saw myself in you.;everytime i “masacred” some recipes that i worked hard for..trying to make them perfect..it is so frustrating that i fail..but then i realize the reason i spend time in the kitchen is for me to enjoy and have fun..so even if i come up with not so “perfect” goodies most of the time..no bother..dont worry you are still far better baker than i am :-) and besides your cookies look perfect for me :-)

  16. Mary says:

    I think your cookies look yummy. And yummy is far more important than perfect looking.

    If it makes you feel better, I blew an absolute hissy fit this weekend over my gingerbread house (that hasn’t barely started to be put together) and almost threw the whole thing out.

    I ended up deciding to bake half of it again, and my husband thinks I’ve lost my mind. :)

  17. Dana says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself — these look great!

  18. Brilynn says:

    I’m much the same way. For some reason I think I can do anything and have it turn out perfectly and then I’m disappointed in myself when things don’t turn out the way I think they should.

  19. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Oh, Deb! Don’t be so hard on yourself – your cookies are fabulous!

  20. Cheryl says:

    I beat myself up horribly too about what I make. I love them though. And if you don’t like the 3 you have I can e-mail you my address.

  21. Kristen says:

    Those are imperfect snowflakes? Really? They look perfectly amazing to me! I can’t believe it was your first time. You did a smashing job!

  22. Elle says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I think your cookies are delightful!

  23. Veron says:

    ha..ha…love the Bree vander kamp reference. Oh but deborah your cookies look great…I don’t know why you think they are not perfect!

  24. Sylvia says:

    There’s nothing wrong with your cookies . I think they are beautiful.

  25. Helene says:

    I laugh reading your post. My DH always tell me to relax and not to always try to make everything so perfect. I like your cookies.

  26. Miss Scarlett says:

    Your cookies are still super cute! I went to a cookie decorating party a few weeks ago and let me just say – even with my lame-o decorating skills, I looked like Martha Stewart! I’m especially impressed by your little snowflake design – that took a steady hand!

  27. sher says:

    I love your cookies! They’re adorable and I could tell I would love eating them. But, I totally understand the perfectionist thing! :):)

  28. linda says:

    Haven’t had much experience myself and the few times I did decorate with icing it didn’t turn out the way I imagined. I think your snowflakes look really, really good for a first time. And the good thing is, every time you decorate again it will get better and better :)

  29. Freya and Paul says:

    I think these look perfect and comforting! Baking should be 90% taste and 10% looks anyway but I think you’ve done a great job!

  30. Katy says:

    I had a TON of trouble using a pastry bag for the first time last weekend. Your cookies look adorable — and before I read the post, I was thinking, “wow, what a neat design!”

  31. eatme_delicious says:

    Your cookies are cute! And yes definitely don’t be so hard on yourself. I decorated cookies for the first time last summer and thought mine were really crappy, especially compared to my more artistic friend’s cookies. But you will definitely get better with practice and the most important thing is that the cookies taste delicious, which you said they did so the pretty icing is just a bonus.

  32. Tanya says:

    hmmmph I can’t make patterned *anything*. Those look great!

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