Cooking with kids (especially toddlers) is a lot more about the process than it is about the finished product. The joy is in the baking and the decorating, and for this activity we had so much fun. The photos used in this post are of the biscuits my 1 and 3 year old made together with a little help from me (Ok, the 1 year old mainly stirred and ate the mix, but she had fun!) – they don’t look perfect but they were so proud of them. It’s so tempting to take over and make them look ‘perfect’, but letting them make their own and be proud of their achievements is so much better. We took these to our play group morning tea and they were a hit!
What you need:
- 125g softened butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1 egg
- splash of milk
- icing sugar
- sprinkles or decorating items
- butterfly and flower cookie cutters
- wooden spoon
- mixing bowl
- grease proof paper
- oven tray
- rolling pin (I bought a kids rolling pin for each of my girls and they love it)
What to do:
I used the basic changeable biscuit recipe from All Recipes. I like the fact that you don’t need to use a mixer for this recipe, and the kids can join in with all parts of the baking process.
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees farenhight
2. Mix the butter and sugar until it is creamy – we used a spoon for this and both girls took turns mixing.
3. Add the salt and the egg and keep mixing.
4. Add the flower slowly, mixing as you go.
5. Add a splash of milk if needed.
6. Knead your dough until it isn’t sticky. You can add extra flour if needed.
7. Roll out the dough till it is about 2cm thick
8. Cut out desired shapes with the cookie cutters.
9. Place the cookies on an oven tray, lined with grease proof paper
10. Bake for 8-1o minutes.
1. Mix icing sugar and water
2. Add sprinkles or other desired decorations
3. Store in an air tight container.
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