sugar cookies - xmas edition

so we all know sugar cookies are delicious, and maybe we even have the bodies to prove it - so given that xmas time is a free pass to eat whatever you want time to indulge, why not bake up a batch of happiness. i truly believe that sugar cookies are one of life's simple pleasures, they aren't anything fancy, and they don't pretend to be either - they're honest... as in honestly delicious.

sugar cookies are super fun to decorate and they look super impressive as a gift too - this is the perfect time for the kids to earn their keep have fun on their school holidays ;) but seriously kids love decorating cookies, just be aware that a few will go missing, oh and they kids will probably sneak a couple too haha!

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the recipe

makes roughly two trays of cookies (varies based on cookie size)

cookie ingredients
decoration ingredients

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in the bowl of an electric mixer, with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until pale and fluffy. add in the icing sugar and mix on a medium speed until combined, turn the mixer down to low and add the egg beating until combined. then beat in the extracts. with the mixer on the lowest speed, add the flour gradually until the mixture forms a dough. add the salt and continue to mix on low until the dough forms a ball. divide the dough into 2 equal portions and wrap each in cling wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour. roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until it reaches a thickness of ½cm or the desired thickness. place the sheet of dough onto a baking tray and refrigerate for a further 30minutes. once chilled, remove the top sheet of baking paper and use it to line the baking tray, cut out the desired shapes from the sheet of dough and place them onto the baking paper lined tray. chill the cookies (tray and all) in the freezer for 15minutes. at this stage preheat the oven to 160oC / 140oC fan-forced. once the cookie cut-outs are semi-frozen, place the baking tray (straight from the freezer) directly into the oven and bake until lightly golden brown around the edges. (baking time will vary based on the size and shape of the cookies, time will vary anywhere from 10-35minutes) 

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on a clean bench top or kitchen surface, sprinkle some cornflour to stop the fondant from sticking. knead the fondant for a minute or so to ensure it will roll out smooth. once kneaded, shape the fondant into a disc, sprinkle with some more cornflour and roll out the fondant to be half the thickness of the cookie or less. cut out the same shapes from the fondant sheet as with the cookies. using a clean dry paintbrush, remove any excess cornflour off the fondant cut-out and use a little water on the backside to adhere it to the cookie. using another clean dry paintbrush, brush on the powdered food colouring to achieve the desired look.

remember less really is more when it comes to decoration - enjoy.

grab the printable recipe for all the inside tips and tricks on how to make these sugar cookies like a pro!

mrtimothyjames loves these copper cookie cutters from peter's of kensington - shop the trees here & the stars here.

i'd love to see your creations, if you make these delicious sugar cookies share them with me by using  the hashtag #mrtimothyjames on social media.

on a scale of meh - super keen, how excited are you for christmas? do you wear a couple sugar cookies on your body now too, or am i alone? tell me all of the things in the comments below!

happy baking love timothy xx

twinkle light gift wrap

so i've been toying with the idea of adding battery operated lights to gifts as part of the wrapping for a hot minute, and i wasn't 100% sure that it would actually look good. so when i came across these gorgeous copper wire lights at kmart the other day for just 5 bucks, i knew that i had to at least give it a go - and i think it turned out fab! it's such a basic and simple idea, but it really takes your festive gift wrap to the next level - and as a lover of minimalism i feel this aesthetic is so on point.

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step one. wrap gift/s in black or dark gift wrap.

step two. unwind string lights and add batteries to the battery pack.

step three. secure the start of the string to the back of the gift, and wrap the lights around the gift until the full string is used.

step four. secure the end of the string to the back of the gift and also secure the battery pack. this can be done with tape, or for a more secure option - use hot glue. (this can be easily removed from the paper gift wrap and then peeled off the plastic battery pack - it won't damage the lights)

step five. turn on the lights before you give the gift to your loved one and watch the twinkle in their eye.

because these string lights are copper, whether they're on or off  they make your gift look fab! not only are these twinkle lights the perfect addition to giftwrap, they're basically another gift in themselves - so it's two for one! 

if you're looking for these gorgeous copper wire lights, they aren't sold on the kmart website unfortunately so check with your local kmart and quote this keycode (42258 964). 

there are several places that also stock versions of these gorgeous lights - so if you can't find them at kmart try - targettypo | kikki.k | or ebay.

if you add copper wire lights to your gift wrap this festive season, i'd love to see how you style them - tag #mrtimothyjames on social media so i can join in on all the fun.

do you think that giftwrap makes gifting more fun? or are you more of a practical gift bag sort of human? tell me all of the things in the comments below.

twinkle twinkle love timothy xx

free printable: xmas gift tags

if you can believe it, that wonderfully silly time of year we all call christmas is almost upon us. i could have sworn that last time i checked a calendar it was july, but i guess that the months move along whether i check the calendar or not! so in honour of the fast approaching silly season, i've put together some cute little gift tags that you can use to style your gift giving this christmas. 

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it could be just me, but when i get into the swing of the holiday season i've got a million things on my mind, and usually the last thing i remember to pick up is gift wrap. so it's usually on the 24th of december when i get home from a panic run to kmart to grab some gift wrap sit calmly wrapping my gifts that i remember i never bought gift tags. now while they're not essential, christmas is the time for everything in excess - so gift tags are a must. so because i'm a complete mess i usually turn to the internet to save christmas and i rely on the goodness of other to bring my gifting to the next level. so many talented and lovely folks have made free printable christmas gift tags which i am forever greatful for. so as a way to give back and to help out those who like me are a little frazzled when it comes to the gift wrap department, i give you my take on xmas gift tags.

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these gift tags were designed to be used with mini fresh rosemary wreaths - but can be used in so many ways. for gorgeous and simple wrapping that's high quality and australian made, mrtimothyjames loves inkyco.

if you feel like sharing how you style these tags on social media use the hashtag #mrtimothyjames

are you ready for silly season? do you leave everything to the last minute too? tell me all of the things in the comments below.

happy gifting love timothy xx