Everywhere bear biscuits
Time: 20 minutes plus 15 minutes baking
150g butter (softened)
75g caster sugar
200g self raising flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
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Last week Hannah had the honour of bringing home her class teddy bear ‘Everywhere Bear’ for the weekend. For anyone who doesn’t know what an everywhere bear is – it’s he lives in the classroom during the week and every weekend some (un)lucky(!) person gets to bring him home , take pictures of what he gets up to and record it in his diary.
Typically with these things, we had nothing planned the weekend we got him and the weather wasn’t great so we had to think a little creatively to have something to put in his diary. We love baking so that seemed like an obvious choice but I thought we should make it a little bit interesting and try to make biscuits that resembled our very own Everywhere Bear.
I wasn’t sure how it would work but I think the kids did a good job. We used our easiest biscuit recipe (for fork biscuits) because it’s quick and doesn’t spread too much when it bakes so I thought they should hold their teddy bear shape (they did). We also still have some of our packet of goggly eyes which can make anything look like an animal!
Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 160C fan / 350F
Line a few baking trays with baking paper
Mix the butter and sugar together
Get your kids to measure the butter (150g). Ours was a bit hard so we gave it a really quick blast in the microwave to soften it. Put it in a large mixing bowl.
Weigh the sugar (75g) and add it to the bowl.
Beat the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until it is well combined.
Add the flour
Get your toddler to weigh the flour (200g)and cocoa powder (1 tbsp), and then add it to your mixing bowl. Carry on mixing then use your hands to bring it all together into a soft dough. My kids always really enjoy this part – getting to squash the mix with their hands and get a little bit messy.
Form the bear biscuits
Roll pieces of dough into round balls to form the bears’ heads. Get your kids to help you roll two smaller balls and attach them to your bear heads to form the ears. Place on your baking tray, leaving space between them for spreading. We made some with noses and some without to see whether they worked better with biscuit noses or iced ones – I think it worked either way.
Bake the everywhere bear biscuits
Bake the biscuits in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They’re ready when they are brown and a little crispy to touch.
Remove them from the oven and add the googly eyes. Once cooled add a mouth and nose with black writing icing if you want to.
Cool on a wire rack.