Christmas baking is always on our christmas agenda and this year both girls have asked to make biscuits to share with us and their grandparents on Christmas Day.
Ebony has already made crunchy chocolate biscuits all by herself. Our elf on the shelf got into the biscuit barrell and took a bite the other night – naughty Bimmy!
Zoe wanted to make the biscuit recipe she found in a Christmas activity book that a close family friend (thanks Ann!) bought her. It’s called “The Night before Christmas Sticker and Activity Book” published by Hinkler Books.
Here is the recipe:
- 1 cup icing sugar, sieved
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup or 225g/8oz butter, cut into cubes
- 31/2 cups or 350g/14oz plain flour, sieved
- 250g, 10oz or 2 cups of icing sugar, sieved
- Edible gold and silver balls (we had none and used sprinkles)
- Food colouring
- Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper
- Put the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl and beat together until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the flour and mix to a firm dough (we had to add a teeny amount of water)
- Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in cling film. Put them into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 375F, 190C or Gas Mark 5.
- Roll the dough on a lightly-floured surface, until one finger thick.
- Press out your Christmas shapes using your cutters.
- Place on baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.
- Put the cookies onto a wire rack to cool.
- Mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water and food colouring to make a thick, but still runny icing.
- Spread the icing over the cooled biscuits and decorate!
Zoe could not wait to get started. She measured out the butter, chopped it into cubes and then…totally freaked out using the electric beaters, poor thing. The butter was still too hard and it felt like she couldn’t control it. I had to share this photo as it shows just how tough life can be for kids in the first world
This recipe is great for encouraging or helping to establish perserverance in young children. Really, I’m serious! There are so many steps to this recipe, including an agonising 30 minute wait while the dough firms up in the fridge. But with eating and decorating an absolute given it seemed Zoe could have waited a decade. Zoe’s smile returned for the sifting.
Here are some out of the oven and the activity book recipe:)
Once all the cookies were cooked and cooled we got on with the business of decorating. I think the pictures tell the story here.
The fun of decorating is not to be understated. Ebony asked if she could join in and Zoe was happy to say ‘yes’. I didn’t say a word about what type/style/method/colours and I didn’t need to. Zoe wanted red and green (we used pink instead of red) icing and then she went on her merry (christmas) way. By the way – you can’t have too many sprinkles!!
Taste test time!
Ready to go on Christmas Day!
Another tradition we have is watching Mr Bean’s Christmas movie every year. The girls love it and it is quite a short movie at under 30 minutes so good for tired nights. Here is the youtube link:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGh64aODJQ0
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