I know I’m not the only person who finds baking with kids is a combination of stress, chaos and some enjoyment. I love trying to bake with Reuben, I love that he enjoys himself so much. But the mess, and the constant “Can I eat that” can be tiresome. Nether-the-less we try. We recently decided to bake Rolled Cookies from Annabel Karmel’s “Children’s First Cook Book”.
If you are looking for a great cookbook to use when baking with kids, I would highly recommend this book. It has such an easy to read layout. There are pictures that show your children what they should be doing and highlights when an adult will need to help. As Reuben is three I had to help him with a little more than an older child would need but it is a book worth trying. It covers lots of things from pizza bases, jacket potatoes to cakes. It is great.
Reuben chose to make rolled cookies. They looked like they would be a good choice and fairly simple, which is key when I’m trying to bake with a three year old whilst entertaining a seven month old baby who refuses to nap, but that’s another story.
These cookies were lovely. They were light and tasted really good too. We managed to get about 24 cookies if I remember rightly.
If you would like to try the cookies but don’t have the book then here is the recipe for you.
Step One – Making the Cookie Dough
300g Plain flour
150g Caster sugar
250g Soft butter, diced
1 Large egg yolk
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla essence
- Beat the butter and Sugar together.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence. Beat the mixture until smooth.
- Add the flour and salt. Mix everything together to form a smooth dough.
Step Two – Making the Rolled Cookies
Your cookie dough
A few drops of Pink food colouring
15g Cranberries, chopped and dried
1 tbsp Cocoa powder (although we used salted caramel hot chocolate)
- Divide the cookie dough into four.
Colour one piece brown by rubbing in the cocoa powder.
Colour another pink by adding the food colouring and the cranberries.
Leave the other two plain.
- Wrap the dough individually in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 Celcius.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface. Each piece should be a rectangle of 18 x 20cm
- Place the plain dough on the chocolate dough. Trim the edges and roll into a log.
Repeat with the pink dough.
- With all the left over trimmings, knead them together and then roll them into a log. This makes marbled cookies.
- Slice the logs into rough 1/2cm cookies. Place on lined baking trays and cook them for 15 to 18 minutes until lightly golden. Then leave to cool.
Please do let me know if you try these out and what you thought to them!
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