This is a collaborative post.
I started baking with Jamie back when he was around 18 months old. He loves it because he usually gets to lick the spoon!! I’m not sure he’d be that interested if there wasn’t food and eating involved. We mostly only make sweet offerings like cakes and biscuits but as he’s now 3 and a half I’d like to start trying some savoury dishes with him soon.
We usually bake once every 1-2 weeks together so I am hoping to become a good resource of tried and tested kid friendly recipes for you to try at home.
The BBC have some lovely online recipes for baking with kids. We tried the rainbow cookie recipe. by Sarah Cook. Usually we try someone else’s recipe but I have been known to make up my own and I even have/had a facebook page for some of my recipes. I say have/had as I’ve not done anything with it for a long time. In the future I hope to get a little bit more inventive and share my own recipes on here.
I always have him come in the kitchen with me to check if we have all the ingredients for whichever recipe we are following. Then if there’s ingredients we don’t have we go out to the local shop and buy, with his help, whatever we need. I think this is a good teaching resource.
Once we have all the ingredients I then get him to help me find everything we need to get out to make whatever we are making. He loves this part.
He helps me measure out as much as possible and I always let him cut up the butter if it is being used as it’s great and safe cutting practice.
- 175g softened butter
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 50g icing sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 300g plain flour
- zest and juice 1 orange
- 140g icing sugar, sifted
- sprinkles, to decorate
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla with a wooden spoon until creamy, then mix in the flour in 2 batches. Stir in the orange zest. Roll the dough into about 22 walnut-size balls and sit on baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins until golden, then leave to cool.
Now this is where I have to interrupt. Jamie usually does half the beating and mixing and I finish off as we don’t have a mixer so it can be quite hard going for him doing it all himself. I also didn’t use all the flour this recipe asked for. After putting in half the flour the mixture already seemed quite dry so I only put in half of the remaining flour. This seemed to be a good call. Especially as some of the reviews for the recipe state that they found the biscuits to be very dry.
I also flattened the balls down slightly while cooking as they weren’t spreading out as much as I thought they should have been doing.
- 2. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice to make a thick, runny icing. Dip each biscuit half into the icing, then straight into the sprinkles. Dry on a wire rack.
The icing is very yummy. Jamie wanted to add the sprinkles to the icing beforehand so that is what he did. He made the icing all by himself and he spent ages dribbling the icing on the biscuits. I must admit I ended up finished them off. They look good and they taste fabulous. A recipe recommended (with adjustment).