My youngest son was very excited to have a new friend over for a playdate from nursery, and asked me if I could help him bake some cookies for his new buddy.
Now those of you with young children know that the thought of baking/cooking with kids is always better kept right there…as a thought!!
The reality is they get bored half way through, and not before making a horrendous mess…..But I am on my own personal mission of bringing up my sons knowing Food, and their way around a kitchen, and that will only happen if I get them excited about cooking and baking now.
So of course I said yes… and actually well, yes he got bored before finishing and yes he made a massive mess, but he had fun!!! And he got as far as shaping 1 cookie before running off – In my book thats a success worth writing about.
Heres a recipe that is …Childs play.
Preheat your oven to 190C/170C Fan assisted
150g Butter, Softened
100g Light muscovado sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg (slightly beaten)
225g Plain Flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
100 – 200g Choc chips
2 Tbsp Milk
– Add the softened butter in a bowl with the sugar and whisk to a creamy consistency, and then add the vanilla extract and egg
- Add the remaining dry ingredients (flour, Bicarbonate Soda & salt) and mix using a wooden spoon
- or as my son decided he abandoned the spoon from here and worked with his hands (proud mama here)
- Add the 2 Tbsp of Milk and Choc chips to the cookie dough and combine well
- Lift out some dough using a teaspoon,(about a heaped tsp of dough) and round into a ball and then flatten in the palm of your hand
- place on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Bake in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes
- Transfer to a cooling rack for a few minutes to allow the cookies to cool down and firm up.
Enjoy, these are deliciously crumbly so keep that dustpan and brush to hand still!