Baking for children – Sandwich Cookies Recipe

baking1Sunday afternoon baking sessions with the children seem to be becoming something of a ritual at the moment – and this week I don’t even have the excuse of needing something for their lunchboxes! Today Josh decided he wanted to bake sandwich cookies, a recipe he found in one of my back copies of BBC Good Food magazine, which was mainly chosen on the ability to lick the whisk. Thankfully they turned out to be fairly easy (even for a 6 year old) and rather tasty!

If you fancy making some yourself, here’s what we did:

Ingredients

100 g butter (although I always use margarine for baking, rightly or wrongly)
70g icing sugar
vanilla (meant to be essence, but we used about 2cm long piece of vanilla pod, and scraped the seeds out)
1 egg (beaten)
175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

And to decorate (basically anything we has in the cupboard):
1 treat sized Crunchie
icing snowflakes
pink and white bobbles
50g marg/butter
70g icing sugar

Method

baking21. Whisk together the marg and icing sugar – you could do this in a food processor, which would undoubtedly be less messy. We added the icing sugar gradually so minimise the risk of it all going up in a big cloud when we turned the whisk on!
2. Add half of the egg, and whisk to combine, then using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour until it forms a soft dough.
3. Chill for 30 mins (the dough, although feel free to do the same yourself).
4. Heat the oven to 180C (for fan ovens), or gas mark 6, and dust a couple of baking sheets with flour.
5. Take small balls of the dough (about ping pong ball size) and flatten into circles with your fingers, spacing a little way apart, then bake for 8 minutes.
baking36. Take out of the oven (they are not cooked, and should still be pale) and brush with the egg, and sprinkle with your desired topping (Smarties or hundreds and thousands are suggested in the actual recipe). This was the bit Josh really got stuck in to!
7. Put back in the oven and bake for another 4-5 mins, then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
8. Make the icing by mixing the butter and icing sugar, then spread on half of the cooled biscuits and make a sandwich by topping with the remaining half.

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Et Voila! (be warned they are very tasty and moreish – not a great one for anyone still in New Year diet mode!)

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