A variety of biscuits to bake with children
Last week the boys and I made enough biscuits to last from now until Christmas (and beyond!) I froze most of the dough rather than cooking it. I have wrapped and frozen the dough so I can take out a roll once every couple of weeks to cook for kinder snacks or Punky and morning tea for Mr Fresh. It was a fun (and yes – messy) activity to do with the boys. It was Cuddles first cooking activity. Once he taste tested the cookie dough he wasn’t too keen on doing anything else. Punky is almost 5 years old and he has been making biscuits and other things with me for a couple of years now. We have not cooked much together lately but the prospect of choosing the cookie cutters to be used induced great excitement.
Despite the mess, and things taking longer, cooking with the kids is a great opportunity to have fun. It is also a great way to practice some learning activities. Some of the things we practice (applicable to my 4 year old) when cooking is:
- Measuring things accurately and counting
- Listening skills – listening to instructions
- Discovering new ingredients
- Handling food safely
- Safe and unsafe temperature and appliances
- Flavors and textures
- Healthy foods and non healthy foods
Vanilla Choc Biscuits:
- 125 grams of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of Muscovado sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 and 1/4 cup of self raising flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour (or plain flour)
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- Set the oven to 16o degrees
- Mix the butter and sugar together until the colour lightens
- Add the egg and whisk well to combine
- Sift the flours into the bowl and then add the additional ingredients. Stir until just combined
- Tip onto a lightly floured board and squeeze and knead gently until the mixture is well combined and soft and smooth. Do not do this for too long or the biscuits will be dry
- Roll or pat the mix flat and cut with cookie cutters or cut slices from a log shape
- Place on a baking tray lined with non stick baking paper or dusted with flour and bake for 10-12 minutes
- Remove from the oven and the baking tray and allow to cool on a cooling tray
More Flavor combinations :
The combinations below are all made using the same dough recipe above but instead of using Maple Syrup, Cocoa Powder and Vanilla essence try these:
*Note: I also made each of the biscuits below with plain flour not brown rice flour and used 1/4 cup less as the mix is drier than for the Vanilla Choc Recipe
Cranberry and White Chocolate Biscuits:
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped white chocolate
Coconut Cacao Biscuits:
- 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder (raw)
- 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut (to roll the outside of the dough in)
Walnut and Apricot Biscuits
- 2 tablespoons of crushed walnuts
- 3 tablespoons of dried apricots
Hints and Tips:
- The less the dough is handled the lighter the cookies. They can become dry if handled too much.
- I give the boys a section of dough to use and I do the rest.
- To freeze, roll the dough into a log and wrap in baking paper, label and place in a freeze bag or suitable container. To use defrost at room temperature an slice into pieces to bake.
- Have fun, use what ever ingredients you have in the cupboard to flavor your biscuits. If the kids make them, they will be keen to eat them whatever is included!
Do you bake with your kids? What is their favorite thing to make?
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