Let me state this upfront, I have NEVER baked before in my entire life. I do not even have a baking tray or oven in my home. But believe it or not, I just made my first batch of German cookies! *applause*
I’m sure at this time, there are tons of recipes out there for the cutest ever sheep-cookies that you can bake for the upcoming Chinese New Year. If you are looking at those pictures and thinking to yourself, “Wah, that’s something for the pros. I would never be able to do something like that”, then you have come to the right place. From noob to noob, let me show you how YOU can make some kawaii sheep cookies for this CNY to impress your relatives!
Before we begin, a bit of background story on how it all started. It started when my friend posted photos of her ‘Baa Baa Love Sheep’ cookies which she and her two sons (who were about the same age as MF and MY) baked together.
She also posted a screenshot of the recipe. (She doesn’t know where the original recipe came from, so if the recipe belongs to you, please let me know and I would be more than happy to credit it back to you.)
Like I mentioned, I have never baked before and I have never heard of German cookies prior to this. But the recipe looked easy enough to follow and my friend assured me that it was easy peasy and delicious. So here goes!
Ingredients (Makes about 20 cookies)
Step 1: “Mix the butter and icing sugar together until fluffy.”
Step 2: Add in top and potato starch flour and make into a soft dough.
Step 3: Make the lamb
What? Already?? Wait.. What about the vanilla essence?? Heck.. Poured a teaspoon of vanilla essence into my dough and kneaded it in. Not sure what I was doing, just try.
After my dough was done, I stopped reading the instructions (because I couldn’t mould the sheep while referring to my phone continuously as my oily hands would dirty my phone). I moulded the sheep based on my memory of the picture of my friend’s sheep. This was when I realized the ‘mini kisses’ chocolate chips I bought were too big and I should have bought smaller ones! So I improvised and added more balls of wool to the body to fatten up my sheep so that the ears don’t look THAT big and alienish.
I had enough dough to make about 20 sheep, but as you can see, I didn’t have a proper baking tray and I just used the biggest metal plate I could find at home and I could only fit 11 in, so I stopped there.
Step 4: Preheat at 150 deg for 3 minutes, then 150 deg for 15 minutes.
Okay… I did not have an oven. All I had at home was this microwave-cum-grill thingy shaped like an oven.
There was no temperature setting, so I just set the grill to highest heat and let it run for 3 minutes before popping the cookies in to
bake grill for another 15 minutes.
And VOILA! IT WORKED!!!
The cookies were super crumbly and I broke 2 of them while trying to take them out of the metal plate. I know you’re supposed to line the baking tray with a certain paper, but like I said, I was a noob with no baking tray nor special paper *don’t even know what it’s called*. I just made do with what I had at home, and I’m freaking proud that I even had 9 survivors!
Go try this out with your kids! It’s super easy and super fun and super cute! If you want to make them for Valentine’s Day instead of CNY like what my friend did above, you can get those little hearts from Phoon Huat to decorate your cookies. You can even improvise to make other animals like what my friend did below. The dough is very soft so you can basically mould it into anything, making it a great party idea!