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snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes baking

Serves: 30+ cookies

 

Ingredients

225g (1 cup) butter, softened
300g (1 ½ cups) caster sugar
2 eggs, large
1 tsp vanilla extract
350g (2 ¾ cups) plain/all purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

For the coating
3 tbsp caster sugar
3 tsp cinnamon

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I’ve had lots of discussions recently about favourite Christmas cookies/treats. For me it’s not Christmas without a mince pie but for a lot of people their go to Christmas cookie seems to be a snickerdoodle. I’d never heard of them (I’m not sure they are a big thing in Scotland) but I like trying new things and they’ve got a great name so I added them to our ever growing list of things to bake this Christmas.

Having never had them before I can only assume that we were successful. This recipe came from Genius Kitchen but looked the same as most others I found so I think they’re authentic. It makes a nice, slightly crispy cookie on the outside, but with a soft centre. The cinnamon/sugar coating gives a tasty Christmasy flavour and certainly made the kitchen smell very festive when they were baking!

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C /170C Fan /350F

Cream the butter and sugar together

Measure the butter (225g) and sugar (300g) and add to a large bowl or freestanding mixer. Mix together until they are nicely combined and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix again.

 

Mix the dry ingredients

Add the flour (350g), cream of tartar (2 tsp), baking powder (1 tsp), and salt ¼ tsp to a separate bowl.

Mix everything together

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and give everything a good mix until you have a nice ball of dough.

Chill the dough

Wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Make the snickerdoodles

Line 3 large baking trays with baking paper and chill them.

While the dough is chilling, mix the sugar (3 tbsp) and cinnamon (3 tsp) together in a small bowl.

Take small pieces of dough and roll into approximately 1 inch (2 cm) balls. This is a good bit for little kids to get involved in – Hannah does this a lot with playdough so was able to make the balls if I gave her the correct amount.

Coat the balls in sugar. Hannah just rolled them around in the bowl until all sides were covered. Place on the chilled baking trays.

 

Bake the snickerdoodles

Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes. They’re ready when they have turned golden and are a little but crispy on top but still soft inside.


Enjoy!

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Halloween cookies

Halloween cookies

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes baking

Serves: 15

 

Ingredients

100g (1/2 cup) butter, softened
125g (2/3 cup) golden caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
150g (1 1/8 cup) self-raising flour
100g (1/2 cup) plain chocolate chips
Bake safe colouring
To decorate
Chocolate chips
Maltesers
Black ice writers

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Halloween is the perfect excuse to do some fun baking with kids. There are lots of really simple things you can do and just give them a spooky twist and these biscuits do just that. We took an easy cookie recipe and just decorated them at the end with spiders. The kids really loved making them and when we shared them with friends at a toddler group they were a real hit!

You could use your favourite cookie recipe or a pre-made cookie mix and just add the decorations at the end or follow the recipe below. I found the eyes in a supermarket but if yours doesn’t have them you can find them online.

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C/170C Fan/375F and line 3 baking trays with baking parchment/paper.

Mix the butter and sugar together

Get your little one to measure butter (100g) and pop it into a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Measure the sugar (125g) and add to the mixing bowl.

Mix the butter and sugar together until they are evenly blended.

Add the vanilla extract and egg

Get your little one to help you measure the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp) and add to your mixing bowl. Crack the egg in a small bowl. Give it a little whisk and then add it gradually to your mixing bowl, beating it well between each addition.

  

Add the flour

Weigh the flour into a small bowl then add to your mixture. Finally add the chocolate chips and give it one final mix.

 

 

Make the Halloween cookies

Spoon large teaspoons of the cookie mixture on to your prepared baking trays. Make sure you leave enough room for them to spread.

Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. They’re ready when they are turning golden. I like them a little gooey in the middle still. If you don’t cook them a minute or two longer. Don’t leave them in too long though as they’ll turn dark brown very quickly.

Decorate the cookies

Remove the cookies from the oven and, if you’re little ones are helping to decorate them, carefully place them on to a wire rack. You can leave them on the baking trays if you’re doing it yourself, being careful not to burn yourself!

 

Add either a malteser or a few chocolate chips to each of your cookies while they’re still warm.

Let them cool a bit, then draw the spider’s legs on with the black writing icing.

Melt a sqare of chocolate and use that to stick the candy eyes on to your maltesers.

Enjoy! The cookies will keep for a few days in an air tight container.

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Halloween monster cookie

Halloween monster cookies

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes baking

Serves: 15

Ingredients

100g (1/2 cup) butter, softened
125g (2/3 cup) golden caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
150g (1 1/8 cup) self-raising flour
100g (1/2 cup) plain chocolate chips
Bake safe colouring
To decorate
Candy eyes
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I firstly just want to say that I love how these cookies turned out. I’d found some icing googly eyes at the supermarket and was waiting for an excuse to use them and this was it! It wont be the last though. I think they’ll be a new permanent fixture in my baking cupboard!

Halloween is the perfect excuse to do some fun baking with kids and get to use up some irresistible eyes. There are lots of really simple things you can do and then just give them a fun spooky twist. We took an easy cookie recipe, coloured them and decorated them with our new googly eyes to make spooky Halloween monster cookies. The kids really loved making them and when we shared them with friends at a toddler group they were a real hit!

You could use your favourite cookie recipe or a pre-made cookie mix and just add the decorations at the end or follow the recipe below. I found the eyes in a supermarket but if yours doesn’t have them you can find them online.

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C/170C Fan/375F and line 3 baking trays with baking parchment/paper.

Mix the butter and sugar together

Get your little one to measure butter (100g) and pop it into a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Measure the sugar (125g) and add to the mixing bowl.

Mix the butter and sugar together until they are evenly blended.

Add the vanilla extract and egg

Get your little one to help you measure the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp) and add to your mixing bowl. Crack the egg in a small bowl. Give it a little whisk and then add it gradually to your mixing bowl, beating it well between each addition.

  

Add the flour

Weigh the flour into a small bowl then add to your mixture. Finally add the chocolate chips and give it one final mix.

 

Separate the cookies into 3 different bowls (or however many bowls as coloured monsters you want).

 

Add a little food colouring in suitable monster colours (Hannah chose purple, orange and green) to each bowl and mix so it is well blended. We used Wilton food colouring as it is bake safe. Some cheaper supermarket colourings wont keep their vibrancy once cooked.

Make the Halloween monster cookies

Spoon large teaspoons of the cookie mixture on to your prepared baking trays. Make sure you leave enough room for them to spread.

Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. They’re ready when they are turning golden. I like them a little gooey in the middle still. If you don’t cook them a minute or two longer. Don’t leave them in too long though as they’ll turn dark brown very quickly.

Decorate the cookies

Remove the cookies from the oven and, if you’re little ones are helping to decorate them, carefully place them on to a wire rack. You can leave them on the baking trays if you’re doing it yourself, being careful not to burn yourself!

Add some candy eyes and some smarties to the top of each Halloween monster cookie.


Enjoy! The cookies will keep for a few days in an air tight container.

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rock buns

Rock buns

rock buns

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 16 minutes baking

Serves: 8

Ingredients

150g (1 cup) self raising flour
75g (1/4 cup)butter, softened
75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
50g (1/4 cup) raisins/sultanas
Pinch mixed spice
1 egg

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I was recently asked what baking I do that it’s Scottish. At first I couldn’t really think of anything. I’m not sure, as a nation, we’re really known for our delicious baking (happy to be proved wrong on that) but then I remembered rock buns. My Granny used to make these – I remember eating them round her house, washing them down with a glass of red cola or tizer. I’m sure I remember baking them myself when I was little so I thought they could be a fun thing to do with the kids. They’re not particularly fancy; they’re kind of like a slightly sweet fruity scone but they do taste surprisingly good!

Method

Mix the flour and butter together

Get your kids to weigh the flour (150g) and add it to a large mixing bowl. Measure the butter and chop it into small pieces. If it’s not soft pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to make it easier to mix. Add the butter to the flour.

 

Using your finger tips, rub together the flour and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

 

Add the remaining dry ingredients

Weigh the sugar (75g) and raisins (50g) and add to your bowl. Add the mixed spice (pinch). Mix it in slightly with a knife or spoon.

  

Add the egg

Get your kids to crack the egg into a small bowl, then add to your mixing bowl and give it a good mix.

Make the rock buns

Using your hands mix everything together until you have formed a large ball of dough. Divide the mixture into 8 pieces and pop on to your baking tray.

Bake the rock buns

Pop them in the oven for 16-18 minutes. They’re ready when they are starting to look golden brown. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.
rock buns
Store in an air tight container. Best eaten within a day or so of baking.

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bear claw cookies

Bear claw cookies

Difficulty: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes baking

Time: Fairly easy

Serves: 24 cookies approx

Ingredients
225g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
200g (1 cup) Demerara sugar
150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
400g (3 1/3 cups) plain/all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g (3/4 cup) dark chocolate.
To decorate
Large chocolate buttons
Small chocolate drops

 

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Cookies are a great thing to bake with your kids. They don’t involve rolling out or cutting like other biscuits do which, although fun, can make baking a little bit more time consuming. They’re so simple and have lots of steps your little ones can get involved in: measuring, mixing and then dolloping the dough out on the baking sheets.

To make these cookies, we just used a cookie recipe we’ve tried before from the Hummingbird Bakery, but made them a bit more fun (and chocolatey) by turning them into bear claws. They’d probably look more like bear claws if we made them smaller, but that’s unlikely to happen in our house. They were a hit though: “ooooh Mummy, I love it” was the response from my ever enthusiastic toddler! I hope you like them….

Method

Preheat the oven to 170C and line your baking trays (at least 4) with greasproof paper

Mix the butter and sugar
Get your child to measure the butter (225g) and sugar (200g demerara, 150g caster) out and then add to a mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. If the butter isn’t already soft, pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so, just to make it easier to mix.

Mix them together using the paddle attachment of your mixer if you’re using one, a hand held mixer, or wooden spoon until the sugar and butter are light and fluffy.

  

Add the eggs and vanilla extract
Get your child to break the eggs, one at a time, into a small bowl. Add them to your bowl, mixing it a little between the additions of each egg.

 

Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and get your child to help you measure the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp) into the bowl. Let them use the spoon on their own if they are able to (my 3 year old can just about do this), or help them and steady their hand while you pour if you need to (my 1.5 year old can help do it this way).

Add the remaining ingredients
Measure the flour (400g) into a small bowl. If your child is able to, get them to help measure the salt ( ½ tsp) and bicarbonate of soda (2 ½ tsp) into the flour. Add these into your large mixing bowl.

Mix everything together until you have a smooth dough. If you need to, use a spatula to scrape the mixture down from the sides of the bowl.

 

While everything is mixing, chop up the chocolate into small pieces. Get your toddler to add it in to your dough mixture and give it one last mix so that everything is nicely combined.

 

Form the cookies
Using a spoon (or your little ones might like using their hands!) add 6 dollops of dough mixture to each of your baking trays. The mixture is quite sticky, so your kids might need help getting the mixture off the spoon. You can always form them into neater balls with your hands. These cookies spread a lot while baking so leave as much space as possible between each cookie as possible. Get your little ones to help you add a chocolate button and small chocolate drops to form the ‘claw’.

  

Bake the cookies
Pop them in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. They’re ready when the edges have turned golden brown and they’ve flattened down.

Leave them on the baking trays to cool slightly, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

bear claw cookies

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easter chick biscuits

Easter chick biscuits

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 15 minutes + 15 minutes baking

Serves: approx 15 biscuits

 

Ingredients
100g butter (softened)
50g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
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These are fun Easter biscuits that you can make with your favourite biscuit recipe. We just made fork biscuits and added food colouring and some decorations. Fork biscuits are really quick and easy as there are only three ingredients, and no eggs or cutters. There’s also the chance to get your hands dirty which my kids really enjoyed.

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 160C fan and line a baking tray with baking paper

Mix the butter and sugar together
Get your toddler to measure the butter and if it’s not soft, give it quick blast in the microwave to make easier to mix. Put it in a large mixing bowl.

Weigh the sugar and add it to the bowl.

 

Beat together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

 

Add the flour and colour
Get your child to weigh the flour out into a small bowl then add it to your mixing bowl. Carry on mixing then use your hands to bring it all together into a soft dough.

 

Add yellow food colouring. We had to add quite a lot before it was bright enough. Mix it into your dough so it is evenly distributed.

Form the biscuits
Roll small pieces of dough (the size of a walnut or teaspoon) into round balls. Place on your baking tray, leaving a wee bit of space between them for spreading.Gently press down on each biscuit with your hands to flatten them a little. This is a good step for really little chefs to help with, especially if they are too small to help with rolling the balls out.

 

Bake your biscuits
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack.

 

Decorate your biscuits
Draw on a face and feet to turn your biscuits into Easter chicks. If your kids are old enough they could enjoy doing this, but if not, this could be a job for a grown up’s steadier hand.

Easter chick biscuits

If you enjoyed these biscuits, try some of these other great Easter baking ideas: Easter rocky road, Easter chocolate nests,

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