Happy Canada Day! {& Failed Maple Leaf Cookies}

Today Canada turns 148 years young!

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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Once pressed down firmly, we took off the excess sides of cookie dough.

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Pre-oven: they looked pretty good!...

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... After oven: YOWZA.

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Blobs. Big blobs of shapeless chocolate chip cookies (In theory, it doesn't sound so bad).

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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.

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I washed the strawberries, drained them, sliced them up and kept them in the fridge overnight.

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Spread the frosting on top.

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Added the strawberries (trying to make the flag, can you tell?)

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And in case it still didn't clue in, added a Canadian flag for good taste paired off with some yummy maple ice cream.

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Lesson learned. ;)

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! And happy mid-week!