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Monday, 20 March 2017

Homemade Mother's Day Cookie Jar ..


With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I would share a simple homemade gift idea with you. A few days ago my Daughter and I, enjoyed doing a spot of baking. This is what we made.

Some fun and personalised Mother's Day Cookies. Each one had their own unique pattern. All made with love. You know me anything with a spoonful of sugar!

When they were set, we placed them into a fun glass jar. An airtight lid kept them fresh, then a cute little ribbon tied on top. Perfect.


My Daughter came up with the best designs. The more creative the better. Very easy to make, something the children will love to help with. A unique present for all the special Mums. Cookies are always popular, more so with some delicious toppings.


Last week Dr. Oetker sent me a variety of biscuits and cake toppings to try out. I was already planning to make a cookie jar, as a Mother's Day Gift, so this was perfect timing.

My Daughter loved all the different variety of sprinkles and could not wait to use them.

Homemade Mother's Day Cookies:

Makes around 24

What you need: 

For the shortbread cookies:

  • 125 g Margarine
  • 55 g Caster Sugar
  • 180 g Plain Flour
  • 30 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract 

For the shortbread toppings:
  • Dr. Oetker Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing Coloured
  • Dr. Oetker Fairy Princess, Dr. Oetker Chocolatey Mix, Dr. Oetker Bright and Bold Mix
  • Dr. Oetker writing icing
  • Dr. Oetker wafer daisies
  • Some icing sugar mixed with a few drops of water to glue the ready made icing sprinkles and daisies to the cookies 

You will also need:
  • 2 x rectangle baking trays
  • Rolling pin
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Wire tray
  • Medium cookie cutters. I used a circle, flower and stars.
  • Tiny flower cutters


Method:

Making biscuits:

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170˚C fan assisted or gas mark 5). Grease and line two biscuit baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Step 2:

Pop all of the shortbread cookie mixtures into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until all combined. Roll the mixture altogether, pop in a bowl and chill for 15 minutes. Once the dough has chilled, roll out onto a floured surface to approx. ½ cm thick. Cut out around 24 different shapes. Place them all onto trays leaving a little space between them.

Step 3:

Place trays in the preheated oven and cook for around 10-14 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.



Ready to ice:

Step 4:

Lay all cookies on some greaseproof paper. Mix some icing sugar with a drop or 2 of water to make some icing glue. Roll out ready made icing and cut out different size shape and flowers. Glue the coloured icing with the icing sugar/water mix you made. Pop some icing sugar on some cookies and add different colour sprinkles. For the stems on the flowers use writing icing to get a nice small line and add sprinkles one at a time. Leave until completely set. 

Step 5:

After a few hours once they are solid and all set, stack cookies into a jar. Finish off with a wrap around bow.


Now my cookies are all finished I am going to upload my photos onto the We Bake Community Challenges website for a chance to win some prizes.

I’m taking part in the Mother’s Day Bake Brighter Days community challenge. As you can see from my recipe, you and your little ones can get as creative as you like too.

We Bake is giving away a £50 Red Letter Days Voucher every day during this challenge, so you’ve got lots of chances to win if you enter!

Have you heard of  We Bake?

We Bake is a community that rewards you for baking. They launched in November 2016 and are lovingly supported by Dr. Oetker. We Bake is the first baking social media platform. A platform that celebrates baking but also coaches and motivates bakers to do more of what they love.

Imagine a mix between Facebook and Instagram, but with 100% baking content! What I like about the community is that bakers of any level can set up a profile, connect with others and share their creations. 

Not only that, the community offers lots of advice and fun inspiration as well as some great prizes from community challenges. 

I was searching through their website a few days ago for some baking ideas and I saw the most amazing birthday cake. With Mac makeup on top. It looked almost too good to eat.  

Talking of birthday cakes, another inspirational bake had a tractor on top!  Instead of tipping out soil, it was tipping lots of flaky chocolate. It looked stunning. I bet the twins whose birthday it was for, were over the moon. 

Do not even start me on the Giant Ferrero Rocher Cupcake or the Strawberry and Champagne Macaroons cake. Wow, amazing. Check them out yourself, you will see what I mean...

If you would like to find some inspiration for your next cake or even join in the fun. Then head on over to the We Bake website and set up a profile. It only takes a few minutes, I signed in using my Facebook account. Easy Peasy. Let me know what inspires you! Most of all Get Baking!!! Have some FUN. Here is my account f you would like to follow me: Claire. Justine.O.


What do you think of my Homemade Mother's day cookies? We all loved them. You have to be quick around here to get one!! Hopefully, my children may make me some more for next week. Hint Hint.

This post is commissioned by We Bake but all thoughts are my own. 


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47 comments

  1. This is such a cute idea! I love homemade gifts, I think they are always more special and I'd be very happy with a cookie jar, especially one that's presented so beautifully :)

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    1. Aww, thank you :) We have fun making these.

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  2. Looks brilliant. Great idea. 👏👍

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  3. Wow I LOVE these :) I love the colours they look ace xx

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    1. Thank you. We love the bright colours :)

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  4. What a lovely idea and so much more meaningful that something store bought!

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  5. I love this idea. And all your designs look great. Such a nice personal gift to give to someone special!

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  6. SO cute! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  7. They are so lovely and colorful! I'm sure they could put smile on my mom's face:) Fantastic idea!

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  8. That's so pretty! I think handmade/homemade presents mean so much more as there's more effort gone into them :)

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    1. Thanks Jo, my daughter has made me something for Sunday. I can not wait to see it :)

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  9. Ahh I love this! Home made presents are my favourite, I hope my children make me something like this!

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  10. what a lovely and thoughful gift for mothers day, see the only problem is, is that I would gobble them up all before I delivered them!

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    1. Hehe, I love biscuits too :) Thanks Lindsey.

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  11. What a lovely idea for a cookie jar and making them personalized and homemade is a wonderful, thoughtful touch. I can think of a few people who would be in love with this idea x

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  12. This looks delicious and super cute! It could be in a store and I'd buy it xx

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  13. What a lovely idea - the cookies look so colourful and delicious! Any mum would love them.

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  14. They are lovely, the bright colours are perfect for spring. My girls would love making these xx

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    1. Thanks lovely. We had so much fun decorating them :)

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  15. Oh this is super cute. I'll bookmark this for another occasion

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  16. I love the bright colours. Very easter as well.

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    1. They would be great in chick and egg shapes wouldn't they :)

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  17. What a lovely idea, I would love to be given this on Mothers Day

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  18. This is a lovely idea for a Mother's Day gift. Love the way you've decorated them. So bright and cheerful x

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  19. Fab post. I am going to try baking with the kids over the weekend.

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    1. Thanks Stella :) Hope you got to make some.

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  20. Such a lovely gift and beautiful pictures.

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  21. These cookies are so pretty and what a great idea for a gift! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  22. What a lovely idea, Claire! The cookies look gorgeous and the cookie jar is such a nice touch. Thank you for introducing me to We Bake too! What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing this post with us at Hearth and Soul. Scheduled to pin and tweeting.

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