Today was a good day for
I used a basic biscuit dough recipe from the BBC Good Food website and added in some mixed spice for a Christmassy aroma.
We walked to the shops in the morning to buy some new star cookie cutters. Our metal ones went rusty after a too-long encounter with salt dough.
I was inspired by Rosie over at Little Fish Blog to embrace the baking-with-kids-entire-kitchen-explosion-thing.
We had fun! I brushed the tops with melted chocolate, and then sprinkled on a little icing sugar when the chocolate had set.
In the interests of honesty, I overbaked the cookies because I got distracted by some potty action; one of our number ate more raw cookie dough than would probably be recommended; and I have abandoned the kitchen/incident site until the morning. Which I will probably deeply regret at 7am. [Edited to say – yep, there were several family members wide awake and running around by 6am…] But we did have fun!
So, I’ve gathered a few more Christmas foodie ideas I want to try with the kids this year. These are actually all ‘no-bake’ options. Some days that just feels easier 🙂
I love the look of this Christmas Popcorn from Two Sisters Crafting. It might be quite hard to go back to plain popcorn after this.
This mint choc fudge looks so more-ish and I’m intrigued that it’s made entirely in the microwave. I really want to try that magic, and my kids are always game for some green food. The recipe is from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
And on the theme of festive colored food:
by Laughing Kids Learn. It’s so pretty! I think this would make a good gift too.
A healthy option from Project Nursery. This beautiful tree is centred around a pineapple, and at the moment these are delicious from our local market, even though they aren’t in season. I haven’t seen many strawberries around, so I will probably switch them for mandarin segments. Not quite the right colour, but mandarins taste of Christmas to me.
And to finish off a cold and rainy afternoon, a good old warming hot chocolate. These polar bears have a great cute factor and the ingredients are so simple. This recipe is from Mom Endeavors.
Just a few of the inspiring ideas out there for baking with kids, in a non-baking kind of a way. Now I’m off to tackle my kitchen.
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