So my friend Jenny is, to say the very least, incredible in the kitchen (as you’ll see if you check out her blog). About a year ago she made these cinnamon stars (with me, her gluten- and dairy-free friend, in mind!), and I’ve thought of them a lot since then… This is what hers looked like:
Mine are not so pretty. The dough was sticky, and since there’s not really any flour in it, I wasn’t sure how to fix it. My star points were more acute, and they kept getting stuck if I even managed to get them off the wax paper (which: is wax paper the same as parchment?). So I decided to make little balls of cookie stickiness instead, and then put thumbprints in each one to hold the icing. I put them in the oven, and something began to smoke immediately. Everything looked fine, so I just opened all the windows and hoped for the best. They were a b*%@# to get off the wax paper (maybe because wax ≠ parchment?), and this is what my cinnamon stars look like:
Even if I had Photoshop on my computer at home to play with the levels and/or photographed them in daylight instead of yellow kitchen light, they wouldn’t be remotely pretty. They don’t taste as good as Jenny’s, either, but I’m finding them to be quite edible nonetheless. I think I need a lesson.