08 October 2013

Kids Cook: School Holiday Cookie Fun


What do you do in the schoolholidays if you're stuck at home, unable to drive? You invite friends to come over, of course.
And you also let your daughter loose in the kitchen to whip up a few batches of cookies, if that's her thing (which in Miss Fab's case, it totally is.)

On Monday, my budding baker pulled out her favourite cookierecipe, and completely unaided baked a batch of about fifty cookies...


Miss Fab's Favourite (Edmonds Book) Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
125g-butter, softened {online measurement converter}
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg

2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

METHOD:
  • Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy (use an electric beater to make it really quick). Add the egg and beat well. Sift flour and baking powder together and mix into creamed mixture.
  • Use your hands to combine and knead into a ball of dough.
  • Break into smaller pieces and roll out; cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper.
  • Keep rolling the dough and cutting until there is no mixture left.
  • Bake at 190°C for 12 minutes or until pale golden.
Once they are cooled, the decorating-fun begins.


My party partner, Sandra from KiwiCakes, had sent me a bunch of edible icing pens to try, and I figured since we are stuck in the house, with visitors coming, this might be the perfect time to try them out. (The ones we played with are metallic colours and have a brush tip. Check out the range on KiwiCakes)

We rolled out white fondant icing (left over from a party), cutting out a round shape which we stuck to the cookies by brushing one side with a little water... very quick and easy, and makes the perfect cookie decorating surface.


Then we played with the icing pens...

They are really easy to use and I reckon they'd be great (as an activity) at  parties too - 
even Scrag could use them without a problem and no mess.


When friends came over, we offered them some cookies to decorate...


It was plenty-fun for us stuck-in-the-house peeps and our cookie-loving pals.


(yummy too)


Thanks Sandra for sending us the pens to try!



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