Where has our summer gone? When there’s no chance of a lark in the park and you don’t want your little ones glued to the goggle box, baking could be the perfect option.
Here’s a few tips so there’s fun for all:
- Keep it simple – One batch of cupcakes or cookies is more than enough to give everyone a few mouthfuls and stop your kitchen becoming too chaotic.
- Check the cupboards for ingredients – the last thing you need to do is schlep out in the rain to get one vital ingredient, with some little people in tow.
- Give everyone a job to do, including packing away.
- Relax – have fun, life’s too short not to let your little ones lick the spoon.
Makes about 25 medium size or 12 large cookies
Baking Temperature: 180C: Gas Mark 4
Baking time: 6 – 10 Minutes
200g Unsalted soft butter
200g Caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
400g Plain flour
5ml Vanilla Extract
1.Cream together the butter, sugar and flavouring until well mixed and just creamy in texture. Do not over work, or the cookies will spread during mixing.
2. Beat in the egg until well combined. Add the flour and mix on a low speed until a dough forms. Gather into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least an hour.
3. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out to an even thickness, about 4 -5mm.
4. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, place on baking tray. Chill again for around 30 minutes.
5. Bake for 12 – 18 minutes depending on size, until golden-brown at the edges. Cool.
6. Decorate with coloured royal icing and edible decorations
Here’s some we made earlier.
Not bad work for two teeny tinies.