Tootling through cyberspace yesterday I was catching up on a blog (I can't remember which, ack!) when I came upon the link to these Icebox penguins on the Diamonds for dessert blog. Commence squealing from cuteness overload. Cole, Imogen and I had a go at making these, and it all was going swimmingly, until it wasn't. Basically, my brain fell asleep and I put way too much in one lot of batter and not enough in the other and we ended up deviating rather dramatically from the original intention at that point. I ended up putting all the batter together (which resulted in exactly the right amount of flour!) and so instead of inset penguin tummies, we just had tealish cookie dough. No problem - white chocolate buttons popped on top before baking took care of the tummies, and edible googly eyes and teeny tiny edible pumpkin sprinkles (hooray for finding those in the pantry!) stood in for beaks and feet.
The munchkins were responsible for adding the ingredients into the mixer, kneading the colour into the dough (I love the marbled effect that 4-year-olds-tiring-of-the-task created!), placing the cut cookies on the baking sheets, and attaching the eyes, beaks and feet. And quality control. Lots and lots of quality control at every step.
Today I've sent 2 very happy and pleased-with-themselves little people off to preschool with cookies they all but made themselves. And we'll definitely be doing this again - maybe one day even the way the recipe intends!
I find myself continually wandering past to get a glimpse of them, they are so cute. And then I rip one of their heads off with my teeth. I can say with certainty this batch has no hope of long term survival!
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ps. we had Ammalissa for dinner the other night. Cole took great delight in telling his sister that her baby was delicious, and then falling about laughing!