I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m severely kitchen challenged. I’m not going to die from starvation, but I’m in no danger of winning any baking awards either.
So when I (Bravely? Foolishly?) volunteered to whip up a batch of Grinchmas cookies to help celebrate 60 years since the grumpy green fella with the two-sizes-too-small heart first stole Christmas, I wondered if I’d bitten off more biscuit than I could chew (see what I did there?).
Disclosure time: I maximised my time (I cheated) by buying a gingerbread biscuit ready-mix that included all the dry ingredients, so all I had to do was add some oil and golden syrup to make my cookie dough.
My next challenge was recreating Grinch’s bulbous face, but that was where fate neatly stepped in: while rummaging through the drawer for a rolling pin, I discovered a pumpkin-shaped cookie-cutter from a bygone Halloween. I realised that, with a little tweaking and shaping of the dough, I could fashion quite a convincing Grinch head.
Next, I squeezed out some ready-to-roll icing in a fetching shade of Grinch green and moulded it around the biscuit.
Those ominous eyes were made by rolling two small balls of yellow icing into an almond shape, then pressing them flat against the biccie; the rest of the features were drawn on with a fine-nozzled tube of black icing.
I got a bit over-critical then and wasn’t sure if it was a good likeness or not, but then Big Sis came in and looked over my shoulder: ‘Hey, that looks like the Grinch!’ she exclaimed.
I may have done a little air punch.
So there you have it – the secret behind my glorious Grinchmas Christmas Cookies.
Merry Grinch-mas everyone!
• Harper Collins is celebrating the 60th anniversary of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, with loads of fun themed activities, including 12 Days of Grinch-mas, starting December 1.