Christmas means family time. This year my sister wanted to make Christmas cookies with her 3 year old son and I, she just didn't tell me she wasn't going to be there. So my dad and I found ourselves baby sitting a very energetic 3 year old boy and making cookies!
We had lots of fun, some tears, because he missed his mum and tons of mess! Flour, sugar and icing and multi coloured hundreds and thousands and silver balls all over the floor, the counter and the table. But we succeeded, burnt some and ended with some tasty cookies.
We followed the recipe from BBC good food but had to slightly change the recipe and add more butter and cinnamon and ginger to make it a bit more Christmassy. The recipe is very easy and if it wasn't because the little man had to do everything himself we would have done it all pretty fast.
All in all it was a great day and even though I am exhausted now, I would do it again in a heart beat! This little man is the cutest and I got so many kisses and hugs, I felt very loved and I think he missed me a little bit.
If you want to make the cookies, Here is what you need:
- 140g icing sugar, sieved
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- 350g butter, cut into small cubes at room temperature
- 350g plain flour, sieved
- 1tsp ground cinnamob
- 1/4 tap ground ginger
For the icing:
- 200g icing sugar
Method (from Good Food Website)
Tip the icing sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter into a mixing bowl, then stir together with a wooden spoon (or pulse in a food processor until well combined). Add the flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs and wrap in clingfilm. Chill for 20-30 mins. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out Christmassy shapes (use a cutter if you like) and place on the baking sheets. Using the tip of a skewer, cut a small hole in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 mins until lightly golden.
Lift the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water to make a thick, but still runny icing. Colour with edible food colouring, if you like. Spread it over the cooled biscuits, decorate with edible balls and thread with ribbon when dry.
Have you done any baking with the little ones from your family? Share your recipes in the comments below!
Merry Christmas! X