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Valentines Biscuits

Today we did some heart shaped biscuits. The didn’t turn out exactly how I planned but were really nice and easy to make. I was going to melt some white chocolate and mix in pink food colouring, then dip the biscuits in, but somehow I managed to burn the white chocolate. It went all lumpy so used dark chocolate instead. Maybe didn’t look as pretty but I know I prefer the taste of dark chocolate.

I followed a basic biscuit recipe that I’ve used before.

Ingredients

100g (4oz) butter or margarine (we used Stork)
100g (4oz) caster sugar
1 egg
175g (6oz) plain flour

1) Grease two baking sheets with butter to stop the biscuits sticking, and preheat oven to 180°/ gas mark 4

2) Sift the flour into large bowl and add the butter.

3) Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

4) Stir the sugar into the mixture. Break the egg into a small bowl and beat well. Add to mixture in big bowl and stir until it forms a dou

5) Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and put dough onto it. Roll the dough out until it it is about a quarter of an inch thick.

6) Use a cutter to cut out the shapes (we obviously used hearts) and carefully place onto the greased baking tray.

7) Bake for 12-15minutes or until golden brown. Leave them to cool completely on a wire rack.

That’s the basic recipe.
Like I said, I intended to melt white cooking chocolate and mix in a drop of food colouring to make it pink, but it went all lumpy. Typically, I had no more white chocolate ! We melted a bar of dark cooking chocolate in the microwave, taking it out and stirring every ten seconds or so to make sure it didn’t burn. We them had loads of fun dipping the biscuits into the chocolate and then sprinkling red sugar on to make them pretty, and left them to cool and set in the fridge.

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The gorgeous Rachel at Candy Floss Cloud had a go at these biscuits with her little one, along with some other lovely Valentines activities…check her blog out here

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Oaty fruity spicy cookies

These biscuits are actually not too unhealthy, so perfect for kid lunchboxes. They’re really easy to make as well – if I can make them then anyone can – so kids can get involved in making them.

Ingredients

80g butter
80g sugar
1 egg
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice
50g oats (I used a packet of plain oat so simple!)
50g mixed fruit

Heat the oven to gas mark five
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl
Beat egg in a separate bowl and mix into butter and sugar
Add the flour, spice, fruit and oats and mix well. (Harrison loved this bit!)
Roll into balls and place on a baking tray. Flatten down slightly.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or when they are golden brown.
Eat!

I’ve had a go at making these without the spice and fruit, and with chocolate chips. Not quite as healthy but equally as yummy!!

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There should have been six fairly big ones but a certain small person was found helping himself before I got a photo!

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Christmas cookies

We haven’t done much baking lately so on Tuesday evening we decided to make some Christmas cookies!
We used a Mary Berry recipe but as usual adapted it 🙂 I’m no cook but these were easy to make and the kids enjoyed helping to mix and decorate!

Ingredients

100g/4oz softened butter
225g/8oz self raising flour
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated (we improvised & used some lemon juice!)
100g/4oz caster sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tbspn milk

To decorate: 2tbsp lemon juice, 175g/6oz icing sugar

Preheat oven to 190c/gas mark 5
Grease and line two baking trays
Place butter and flour into a bowl and rib with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add zest of lemon, sugar, egg and milk. Bring together dough by hand and chill in fridge for 30 mins before rolling.
Roll out the dough thinly onto a floured surface and cut out shapes using a pastry cutter.
Place the shapes on the baking trays.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until they’re a pale golden brown and firm in the middle. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Sieve icing sugar into a bowl and stir in lemon juice until spreadable consistency. Pipe or spread on and finish with silver balls or other decorations.

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We used blue food colouring in our icing (and was slightly heavy-handed!) so we dripped it onto biscuits and then decorated it with Christmassy decorations. What do you think?

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For another yummy Christmas cookie recipe hop over to Ellie bear Babi to have a go at her lovely biscuits.
We’re attempting these next week!