Custard & white chocolate biscuits
Time: 40 minutes + 15 minutes baking
Serves: Makes 18 biscuits
175g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
225g self raising flour
85g custard powder
85g white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
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My favourite biscuit is a classic custard cream and these are a delicious take on that, with the yummy (in my opinion) addition of white chocolate chunks. I use a well loved recipe I cut out from a copy of Good Food magazine years ago.
These custard and white chocolate biscuits are easy for kids and are a great way of getting you and your toddler’s hands a bit messy as you form the biscuits into balls by hand rather than using any cutters.
Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan and prepare your baking trays.
Get your toddler to put baking paper down on 2-3 baking sheets. I find these biscuits spread a bit in the oven so the more space you have to spread them out the better.
Mix the sugar and butter
Get your child to help measure out the sugar (175g) into a bowl, and add to a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
Measure the butter (140g) and chop into a few small pieces before adding to the bowl. It’s easier to mix if you use slightly softened butter (leave it out the fridge for a while before you use it or pop it in the microwave for a few seconds). In addition, the softer the butter the easier it is for your toddler to practice their cutting with a blunt knife – one of Lewis’ favourite things to do!
Mix together until the butter and sugar looks light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla extract
Get your toddler to crack the egg into a separate bowl before adding it, along with the vanilla (1/2 tsp), into the sugar/butter mixture. If you are doing this yourself or your child is a bit older you can add the egg straight in – I find it’s easier to fish out stray shell from a separate bowl if any makes it in when the kids crack eggs!
Sieve in the flour and custard
Weigh out the flour (225g) and custard powder (85g) then add to your mixture. You can use a sieve here if you want, although if your little one is anything like mine it might just add to your mess! If you don’t want the extra mess, just add the flour and custard powder straight in without sieving it – the biscuits will still be delicious!
Pulse your mixture together (ie mix it slowly and not too much) until it comes together into a bit of a dough.
Add the chocolate
Chop the chocolate (85g) into small chunks then get your toddler to add it into your biscuit dough. Stir them in with a spoon or by hand.
Form the biscuits
You and your toddler can do this bit together: grab little bits of your biscuit dough and roll them into balls. They are supposed to be about the size of a walnut but I think ours always end up a little bit bigger … It doesn’t really matter, as long as they are all roughly the same size and you keep an eye on the oven when they’re baking.
Place them on the baking sheets, a little apart as they’ll spread in the oven. Press each biscuit down lightly with your fingers so they end up slightly squashed balls.
Bake your custard and white chocolate biscuits
Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are lightly golden. If yours have ended up a little uneven in size, like ours tend to, just keep an eye on them in the oven and move your baking sheets around if you have to.
Remove your custard and white chocolate biscuits from the oven and cool on a wire rack.