Today Canada turns 148 years young!
Canada Day 2010!
I love dressing up in my red and white gear and celebrating all the great things that make up Canada: bacon, maple syrup, Canadian beer, and yummy desserts like beaver tails (don't worry - they're not actual beaver tails!)
I wanted to try and make a fun and easy recipe for Canada Day so after some researching, I decided I would make maple leaf cookies. Sounds easy enough, right? Here's what happened...
For Valentine's Day I had a heart-shaped pan for baking cookies which made things 10 x easier. For Canada Day though, I wasn't able to find one in the form of a maple leaf. I did, however, find a 3" maple leaf cookie-cutter from Bulk Barn for 99 cents, so I got that.
Here's where I believe I made my mistake: rather than quickly whipping up a bater of sugar cookie dough, I ended up buying (instead) Pilsbury's already-made Chocolatey Chip and Chocolatey Chunk cookie dough, along with white vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries for the red and white toppings.
It hadn't really occurred to me that after you bake Pilsbury cookies, they rise - a lot. They're so rich and full of chocolatey ingredients that unless they are secured in a shaped pan of some sort, they will just rise as a blob. Oh, just wait...
We kept going along with it: we'd cut up a piece of cookie dough, flattened it out and pressed the cookie cutter to the middle (Props to my mom for modelling this first part for photography purposes!)
Once pressed down firmly, we took off the excess sides of cookie dough.
Pre-oven: they looked pretty good!...
... After oven: YOWZA.
Blobs. Big blobs of shapeless chocolate chip cookies (In theory, it doesn't sound so bad).
Regardless of the maple-leaf-shape fail, I still had 20 freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. And icing. And strawberries. I went in for some major damage control.
I washed the strawberries, drained them, sliced them up and kept them in the fridge overnight.
Spread the frosting on top.
Added the strawberries (trying to make the flag, can you tell?)
And in case it still didn't clue in, added a Canadian flag for good taste paired off with some yummy maple ice cream.
Lesson learned. ;)
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! And happy mid-week!