It’s no secret that November and December are challenging months to lose weight. With the temperature dropping and schedules filling up, exercise is hardly at the top of the “to do” list. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving, you’re still inundated with cookies in the office, holiday parties, and the 100s of other ways we find to eat and drink to excess these two months. You can’t even get away from it in your own home! The gift baskets start to arrive in early December and the kids are clamoring to decorate Christmas cookies. Well one client of mine had a brilliant solution to that last issue…
Every year she and her kids make a ton of cookies and spend a sugar-filled afternoon decorating them in all sorts of fun ways. Now, I don’t have a thing against spending quality time with children or cookie decorating parties in general (ie. like my super cool cousin/food blogger, Kate, who chose to spend her 28th birthday decorating cookies with her girlfriends, how fun is that??). However, unless you have enough will power to not eat what you decorate or to give/throw away the end product, then you’re stuck with a hundred evil snowmen/wreath/tree cookies tempting you every second you’re inside your house. Her solution? It’s so simple you’ll hate yourself for not coming up with it on your own…make them ornaments instead! You make a an inedible dough that bakes for a long time and hardens and then decorate as you would a cookie! Except now you haven’t gained any extra calories, you’re not crashing from a sugar high, you don’t hate yourself for having binged, you haven’t thrown up all over your kids from pre-said binge and made them cry and thus ruined Christmas - in short, you’re way better off all around.
Original Dough Ornament Recipe Yields 15 ornaments
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.
- Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 hour. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.
*Thanks to my bf for the slightly modified title ;)