Category Archives: Cooking for preschoolers

Young Children’s Mix and Fix Cookbook

I found an old vintage cookbook my mother had bought (many years ago) in my bookcase. It was published by Parents Magazine in 1975 and have unique recipes that young children can help make. This has to be my favorite children’s cookbook not just because of the sentimental value but the pictures inside seem as if it tells a story along with the recipe. This would be a wonderful idea to help children engage more with the recipe.

A picture of the cookbook Young Children's Mix and Fix Cookbook
As you can tell by the marks on the cover this is my favorite cookbook.

Here are two recipes inside that you could make with your classroom during the Christmas season. 

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This recipe has some spanish translation for the dual learners or bilingual speaking children. 

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Christmas Tree Biscuits!

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 packet of Jaffa lollies, to decorate
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar, to dust

 

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together with a spoon in a bowl or use an electric mixer.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the flour and mix until a smooth dough forms. Divide the dough into three. Wrap the dough portions separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll each piece of dough between two pieces of baking paper until 5mm thick. Use three different sized star shapes to cut 4 biscuits of each size. You will need to roll each piece of dough out 2-3 times to get all the biscuits.
  4. Place biscuits on baking trays and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden. I do this in two batches. Cool biscuits on wire racks.
  5. Dip Jaffas in melted chocolate and carefully stick ‘baubles’ on the tree branches. Stick on as many as you (or the kids) like. Place icing sugar in a tea strainer and use a teaspoon to dust ‘snow’ onto trees.
  6. For each tree, place one large star on a flat surface, place a small amount of melted chocolate on the biscuit and top with another large star, slightly off line with the one below. Continue with using the chocolate to stick on progressively smaller biscuits.

 

notes

  • While the method is a bit lengthy for this recipe, the biscuits are really quite easy to make and the kids will love constructing the trees.
  • Almost as much as they will love eating them! I placed a tree in the middle of the table when we had some friends over and the kids took turns twisting off a couple of layers. Great fun.
  • I make these gluten-free using gluten-free plain flour (e.g. Orgran or White Wings).
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.

Christmas tree biscuits by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot

Christmas Cookies!

  • 225g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 free range eggs (59g)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and sift in the flour, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. Mix until a smooth dough has formed. You may have to scrape the beater down half way through mixing.
  3. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Now for the fun part, summon the children! Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out biscuits using Christmas shaped cutters and place on prepared baking trays.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  6. Call the wandering children back and let them do their thing with writing icings, smarties and/or lollies!

 

notes

  • It is best to work quickly once the pastry is out of the fridge – this is difficult when you have small helpers! I found that giving each child some pastry to work with does the trick.
  • Nearly every cooking-related shop will have Christmas cutters for sale well before the official Christmas period starts. Out cutter collection includes the ever popular large Santa and a star. Hmm, must get a tree shape this year…
  • If you only have scone cutters or egg rings in the cupboard, these will do nicely to make various size circles that you can decorate like Christmas tree balls.
  • Christmas tree idea: try carefully using the blunt end of a wooden skewer to make a hole in the biscuit before baking. After decorations have set, thread some string/cotton/tinsel through the hole and hang on the tree.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
  • Use 2 free range eggs (59g).

Christmas Cookies by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot