Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas alphabet cookies

With Christmas break nearing, my now 4 yr old, Anjalie is really excited about making cookies and cakes with me. Last week during our morning walk to her nursery we had a conversation which started about her discussing her starting school in the new year. She, naturally, was excited about it and said she wanted to practice her alphabets. Somehow, it soon turned to Christmas and she wanted to make cookies and cupcakes with me. So this weekend, we made cookies and practised writing alphabets all in in one go! We wrote Christmas with our batter and made Christmas ornaments cookies with sprinkled coloured sugar for a festive touch. You can experiment with your favourite shapes too. Children will especially have a great time with this. Depending on the flour, the piping out of the dough is quite easy for a child to do. But if you find that it is harder then add a tbsp or two of melted butter to make it easier.

You will need:

100g (4oz) butter
25g (1oz) caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
100g (4oz) self raising flour
75g (3oz) milk (or plain) chocolate

 Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 360°F / Gas Mark 4. Grease baking trays.

In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar..

and vanilla.

Mix well with a whisk until creamy.

Anjalie did all the mixing and piping. I just handled the oven. So this is a easy recipe for baking with children.

Add flour and mix...

into a soft dough.

Place in a piping bag and pipe letters on the baking tray.

Bake until lightly browned on the sides for 8-10 mins.

Alternatively, pipe into various other shapes or circles for ornaments and decorate with coloured sugar.

Bake until lightly browned on the side. Store in an air-tight container if any remains! Merry Christmas!

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