Baking is both fun and cute in equal parts, as are small children. I’ve never posted a recipe before that is specifically child-friendly so here goes this one. Icing baked goodies is almost always a kid’s first introduction to the kitchen, because it’s messy enough to be fun and there is no fire involved.
When I was little, my favourite thing to do was “design stuff” – this in child language of course doesn’t mean planning architectural blueprints, it means having a notebook full of tattoo drawings in gel pen, stuff like that. So I thought it’d be nice to include a template you can print out if you have little ones that want to design their cookie before they ice it.. I’ve made it really boring so that it doesn’t cost you loads of ink to print out, the idea is to save you drawing around a glass to get a real circle. Just click on the image and it’ll take you to a new web page so you can print it off.
Makes 14 Cookies
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour
a pinch of salt
100g coconut oil
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 sachet (24g) spiced chai tea
- Grease and line two baking trays and pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 4 (conversions here)
- In a large bowl, mix all your dry ingredients. Then add the coconut oil and rub it in until the mixture begins to resemble breadcrumbs. – note, using the rubbing in method with coconut oil was a shot in the dark, but it pretty much worked, let me know how you get on!
- Add the egg and vanilla, mix with a wooden spoon then bring together with your hands and knead until you have a nice smooth dough.
- Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for around 20 minutes.
- Once the dough is firm, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about half a cm thick.
- Use whatever shape or size cookie cutter you fancy, and lay the rounds out on your baking trays.
- Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes.
Before I go, I want to give you the low-down on where to find a sachet of spiced chai. These lot at Drink Me have made their 24g sachets of spiced chai available at Sainsbury’s and Asda – buy a few and enjoy some in a cup as intended as well.
The track recommendation today comes from George Formby, I like a wartime classic when I’m baking.
Thanks for reading x