Last night husband said he felt like something yummy, but we didn’t have anything available on hand. I searched through our cupboards & found a few ingredients to make his favourite childhood treat – Children’s Biscuits aka Smartie Biscuits aka Butter Biscuits. They are so easy & super delicious. Although he wasn’t happy with the size of the first batch I made so the next few were much bigger – I think his memory is a bit skewed as to the comparison from when he was much smaller himself…
1. Cream margarine/butter and sugar.
2. Add vanilla essence and sifted flour.
3. Beat until smooth (quite a stiff dough).
4. Roll into balls, place on baking sheet and press down with a fork.
5. Decorate with Smarties.
6. Bake at 180° for 18-20 minutes.
We initially pressed the Smarties into the biscuits, but then husband requested I add them to the dough & we then get a surprise as to whether there will be some chocolate in the cookie we’re eating. You could even add chunks of chocolate bar, cocoa powder, chocolate drops, or anything yummy that you would like. Hundreds & thousands also work a treat!
This recipe also allows you to fill your entire cookie jar, so you don’t need to bake on a daily basis – unless you can scoff them in one go!
This time last year I had my fundraiser, The Snow Ball, to raise funds for my life-saving stem cell transplant. I was blown away at the generosity of everyone that I knew, as well as those that I had never met. Liezl was one of those very special people that didn’t even know me, yet sponsored the most gorgeous (& delicious) snowflake biscuits for everyone that attended my event. The biscuits didn’t even make it home as they were all gobbled up at the event!
Then, my friend Jenny spoilt us all at Rare with a box of Christmas-themed cookies, & as soon as I saw them I knew that I had to reach out to Liezl & feature her on my blog. Besides looking absolutely amazing, they are the most yummy biscuits you will ever taste. Read on to find out more about this beautiful lady & her biccy business.
Tell me a bit more about your business: I have been a freelance Graphic Designer since 2013, but having always loved parties and baking and after being encouraged by friends (and my first cookie “order”) I decided to start my party planning business, Sugar & Paper. I call myself “a celebration enthusiast” – I can conceptualise, design, coordinate and style your event, and even bake the tasty treats. A one-stop-shop of good taste!
Where did your passion for baking come from: I have always loved baking and the rule in our house growing up was “you make the mess, you clean it”. So my sister and I baked often! Baking is a productive form of self-expression and communication. It’s also a form of mindfulness and altruism – at the heart of baking for others is the very act of giving. And, although, people pay me for my cookies, it will never cover the amount of time and love I pour into every baked creation.
How did you learn all the amazing royal icing techniques: I have actually never taken a cookie class – I learned through trial and error. Lots of error! Also, YouTube and social media are great places to watch tutorials etc.
What makes your cookies different to those you can get in the shops: My cookies are made with quality ingredients, real butter, free range eggs and lots of love! I think my attention to detail sets me apart.
What are some of the events you make cookies for: I make cookies for birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, corporate events – anything really! Even just to fill your cookie jar at home.
Whereabouts are you based: I am in Linmeyer, Johannebsurg South.
How far in advance should people place an order with you: The sooner the better, as I book up fast! Ideally, I need confirmation and full payment 2 weeks before collection.
Do you sell Christmas cookies, & do you have extra in stock: I haven’t taken Christmas pre-orders as yet this year but have just posted some!
What have been your favourite cookies that you have made so far: It’s so difficult to choose! I love just about every set I send out as it’s a part of my creativity 🙂
Why do you encourage people to support small businesses: I encourage people to support small business because you are helping someone live their dream! Handmade items are always more expensive than store bought, but that’s because they are bespoke – that item that’s handmade, has been created from precious time that was spent designing, searching for materials, creating the product, finishing, packaging, cleaning! It’s also hours of failures, experimentation, frustrations, and moments of pure joy. It’s a piece of their soul, their heart and a moment of someone’s life!
Quote you live by: Don’t sweat the small stuff 😉
Anything else you want to add:
I hope to build Sugar & Paper into a brand that people will immediately think of when it comes to parties. Right now, I seemed to have slid more into the cookie side of my talents, but hope that I will be able to become ever more involved in the design side too.
Aren’t her creations absolutely stunning?
I could spend hours getting lost in Liezl’s images on her social media pages, & can definitely vouch that these cookies taste just as good as they look.
Ok I need to go now, my mouth is watering & I my tummy is grumbling. Liezl I’m coming for you!