James really loves baking. I’m mentioned that a few times now, and honestly it’s crazy how much he enjoys rolling the dough and scooping the ingredients, even pressing ‘zero’ on the scales is exciting! So we decided to make some biscuits in the shape of stars. There are two options in the recipe below – you can choose egg-free or to include the egg. Both versions taste great with a glass of milk!
Very important first step – wash your hands! James is getting really independent and can now reach the bathroom taps and soap when he uses a step stool. So the excitement of baking begins with washing his own hands (yes, I have to check he’s used soap occasionally!)
You will need:
100g (4 oz) butter
50g (2 oz) caster sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
175g (6 oz) plain flour
One egg yolk (optional)
Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease two baking trays.
Put the butter and the sugar in a bowl and whisk till fluffy.
Add as much vanilla extract as you like: we used half a capful, you could keep it to a drop or two. Then add the flour to the butter/sugar mix and whisk again. At this point, you’ve got a nice biscuit recipe all made – just scrunch the mixture up into a dough and roll it out. If you don’t want to add egg, then warm hands will make the mixture stick together a bit better.
Then roll out the mixture on a lightly floured surface. James does our rolling and he loves to do so. He also presses the cutter into the dough and puts the biscuits on the tray. We made around 16 stars and one big circle cookie.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden.
Enjoy with a cool glass of Cravendale milk.