Little did I know but in the land of Oz, Christmas cookie cutters are in a clear shortage. I didn't find this out until I finally ventured out to buy all the needed utensils and ingredients. Two days ago, while shopping in Target, I came across a tub full of cookie cutters (that someone had clearly put on a shelf where it did not belong.) I picked it up and examined it. There were all kinds of random cookie cutters in there - I distinctly remember a bunny. I thought, "Oh well, I will just buy 'Christmas' cookie cutters. I don't need all these extras." So, I put the tub down in full confidence I could easily find myself some Christmas cookie cutters. As it turns out, Australians aren't really that into Christmas cookies. I keep hearing mumbles about Christmas pudding, as if that could replace my Christmas cookies?!?!
Don't worry folks, I'm savvy enough to make do. After searching six stores I came up with a compromise I could live with. I purchased; stars, hearts, circles, and kangaroo cut outs. I could have done with some more Christmassy decorating sprinkles, but beggars can't be choosers. Sometimes you've just got to suck it up - and tell yourself - it's good enough!
I'll be making traditional Christmas sugar cookies as well as gingerbread/ninjabread men. While I am making the sugar cookies from scratch (go me!) I will be making my gingerbread/ninjabread men from a mix. The box conveniently has a sticker on it saying, "make me for Christmas" so I am assuming gingerbread men are also not a traditional Aussie Christmas treat.
Anywho, I've mixed the dough for both cookies and have them chilling in the refrigerator. I should go about my business rolling, cutting, baking, cooling, and decorating them before I can declare this Christmas cookie mission finished. Hopefully, I will post some more pics of the cookie progression and final product. Until then, Merry Christmas.
Sugar Cookie Dough Ready to be Chilled
Thanks for that Sticker. I'd never have known gingerbread men were for Xmas without your help. =P Hmm... I've just noticed they call them "Gingerbread Man Cookies" Weird.