My two favorite Christmas movies are not in the Victorian genre. Go figure. Number one on the list is The Christmas Story. My favorite scene is when the father gets his leg lamp. Slays me every time! So as an homage to my muse, I am taking one of my Pintrest Pins and attempting to recreate it. See the site here.
The first step is printing up the recipe and the stencil for cutting out the leg. For some reason, my printer printed up the stencil way too small. Not only would they be annoying to try and make and disappointing to try and eat, visually the lamp shade (made from Resses peanut butter cups, would be out of proportion.
My printer wont enlarge and I was unable to free hand the sketch so I just enlarged around the printed stencil.
I traced that onto clean paper and cut it out. I then used that shape to trace out a stencil in cardboard. Much better proportions.
I followed the recipe and added half cup of flour to store bought sugar cookie dough. I have no idea why they wanted that. I can only assume the straight dough is too soggy.
I rolled the dough out and pressed the cardboard into the dough. I wanted 24 legs because I had enough peanut butter cups for 24 lamp shades.
Then came the tough part…cutting the shapes out with a paring knife and then smoothing and shaping once they were transferred to the baking pan.
They baked up fine, but did take longer than the recipe suggested. Is my oven not hot enough? Did I make them too thick? I don’t know.
The next step is cooling. Dangerous in my house. So I took the left over dough and baked that up and left this behind before heading off to work.
I taped my cardboard stencil and the icing diagram onto the recipe for future attempts. The cardboard got greasy so my plan is to use it to make a new cardboard stencil for the next batch. Seems the best way to avoid food poisoning in the future.
I will attempt decorating next. Sure hope this doesn’t turn into a “nailed it” post for next time.