I love baking and have always wanted to get a Cookie Tower Kit but some of them can be quite expensive, I was recently out shopping with my mum and while we were looking around The Works book shop I spotted this Cookie & Biscuit Tower Decorating Kit for just £2.99, it was just what I wanted and it was very reasonably priced.
The Cookie & Biscuit Tower Decorating Kit is sold in a sturdy pink and white box which has a slight "Cath Kidson" feel to it, the front of the box informs the customer that this set contains 9 pieces and shows a picture of everything that you get in the kit. The front always shows a picture of a cookie tower already made up.
The back of the box lists everything the kit comprises of, instructions for making the cookie tower and a simple All Butter Shortbread recipe.
Inside the box all the pieces are wrapped in plastic bags to keep them secure, the kit contains the following:-
1 Wooden Circular Base
2 Wooden Stacking Sticks, 20cm's and 28cm's long
1 Metal Cookie Hole Cutter
5Metal Star Shaped Cookie Cutters, these start at approximately 16cm's and go down gradually to 6cm's.
To use the kit is simple, you need to make some biscuit or cookie dough, you can use the recipe on the box or one of your own it doesn't really matter, cut out the biscuits using the star cutters, I usually do 5 or 6 of each size, the cutters have one rounded edge and one sharp edge so if you are doing this with children make sure they press down on the right side, make sure you cut a hole in the centre of them using the little cutter supplied, and bake. Mean while to assemble the little tower by simply pushing the stacking stick into the base.
Once cooked and cooled you can simply stack the biscuits on the pole with the largest at the bottom and smallest at the top, this will give you your basic tower or tree shape. How you decorate the biscuits is up to you, green icing, edible glitter and silver balls will give you a Christmas tree effect, white icing or white chocolate and silver edible glitter on the spikes of the star shaped biscuits will give a wintry looking tree, for a little girl pink icing and little flowers would look nice for a little boy blue icing and little chocolate footballs would be nice, really the choice is only limited by your imagination,
I would definitely recommend this little kit, for what you get its an excellent price, once assembles the tower or tree looks very effective, its stable enough to stand and makes a simple batch of biscuits look really special. To clean it I simply use warm soapy water and make sure the cutters are really dry before putting them away.
The kit would make a lovely present for people who love to bake and children too, they can create something special which in turn would make a lovely present to give to grandparents etc at Christmas or birthdays.
I've been very pleased with my Cookie Tower kit and plan to make some "trees" to give to friends and relatives this Christmas.