I groan on the inside when I hear people say Christmas is just for children, it isn’t, Christmas is for everyone!! However, it is true to say they do make it that more special. My youngest children are now 2 1/2 & 21 months, my Irish twins, born 11 months apart. Abbie is super excited this year and is simply amazed at Christmas everywhere, Harry is a curious and highly amused little boy, loving all the excitement going on around him.
Today I promised Abbie I would bake some Christmas cookies for them. I took out my Christmas bible, Nigella’s Kitchen, she has a lovely recipe for what she calls Gold Dust Cookies, I call them Ginger Cookies! Not a bit of gold dust in sight, but lots of giggles and a flour snowstorm! This is a good recipe as you can make the dough without saying anything to the toddlers, get them ready while it rests in the fridge and away you go. Older children would be able to help with the dough making aswell.
90g Soft Butter
100g Caster Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 Teaspooon Ground Ginger or Vanilla Extract
200g Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until whipped soft and pale, then beat in the egg, followed by the ginger, flour, baking powder and salt, continue mixing until it all comes together to make a soft dough,
- Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
- Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter, re rolling using up all of the dough.
- Bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack and then decorate as you wish.
Baking with toddlers is a messy business, but it is also great fun. It’s one of those simple little things that creates an abundance of laughter and pride in your little people. Don’t let the mess put you off, it’s cleaned up in a few minutes. This is free fun, can be done anytime and adds something different and exciting to a little person’s day. Abbie was nearly fit to burst waiting to show off her creations to her big sisters and brother today. It was lovely and the praise she received really made her day!