Time: 20 minutes + 10 minutes baking
Serves: 20 biscuits approx
The kids were excited about going to see the fireworks today so before we went I thought we could make some tasty firework biscuits.
They’re certainly not the most sophisticated thing we’ve ever made but that’s not really the point when you’re baking with little ones. They were really easy and the kids really enjoyed doing them as there was lots of icing to play with! Just use any easy biscuit dough recipe and make some star shaped biscuits, then decorate with lots of coloured icing. What’s not to like?!
250g (2 cups) plain flour
150g (1 stick) butter, softened
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / gas 4 / 350F and line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.
Rub the flour and butter together
Get your kids to measure the flour and butter out add to a large mixing bowl. Using your fingers rub it together until it looks like breadcrumbs. This is one of my kid’s favourite things to do in the kitchen but it can get a bit messy if you’re not careful!
Add the sugar, egg and vanilla
Measure the sugar out and add to your flour/butter mixture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. If your kids are in charge of the egg, I normally find it safer to crack it into a small bowl first, before adding it to your dough in case you end up with rogue shell.
Knead or mix everything together until it is well combined into a nice soft dough.
Make the firework biscuits
Sprinkle a little flour down on your work surface and roll the dough out so it is about 5mm thick.
Using a star cutting cut the biscuits out and lay them on the prepared baking tray.
Bake them in the oven for around 8 minutes. They ready when they are starting to turn golden at the edges (you don’t want them to colour too much).
Remove from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool complelety.
Decorate the firework biscuits
Prepare a few bowls with different colours of icing. To do this, let you kids mix a few tablespoons of icing sugar with a few drops of water. Add more water or icing as required until you have a smooth paste.
Get your kids to spread one colour of icing over each biscuit. Add a dollop of another colour then use a tooth pick or skewer and drag it through the icing to form a star.