Baking is a great way to spend time with your children and have something great to show for it at the end of the day. Easy cookie and cupcake recipes can be a staple of your household; they keep the kids entertained (and they work as a great reward for good behaviour!).
It can be really useful to keep hold of simple recipes when you come across them. You can write them into a family cookbook (or get your children to make a cookbook and write recipes inside for a great rainy day activity) or save them to a file on your computer. That way, when you have a little time, you can immediately turn to a simple recipe and get baking rather than getting lost in endless browsing online! One more point ? make it a rule that if the kids bake, they help clear up afterwards!
Here are some great recipes that are easy for kids to manage and fun to share;
These cookies are incredibly easy ? the trick is to add in whatever ingredients your kids will appreciate. So add chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, marshmallows? the only limit is your imagination!
10oz plain flour
8oz soft butter
4oz caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 180c Cream the butter and sugar together and sieve the flour into the mixture. Add any other optional ingredients you want to add and mix well.
Form balls of dough and flatten them into cookie shapes. Place them on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
These are always a big hit, firstly because they are simple and taste delicious, and secondly because they can be decorated in any way you want. This recipe is a particularly easy version that children of all ages can get involved with because you basically need 125g of each ingredient. No measurements to remember!
125g self-raising flour
125g caster sugar
125g soft butter
2 medium free range eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 180c,
Cream together the butter and sugar.
Sift the flour into the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.
Mix in the beaten eggs until you get a smooth mixture with an even consistency.
Half fill bun cases with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
You can ice the top of the fairy cakes by adding a few drops of water to some icing sugar and spreading it over the tops of the cakes; you can then add a sweet to the top or sprinkle some hundreds and thousands over them. Alternatively, scoop out the top of the cake, place a small amount of jam inside and replace the top for a jammy treat. Let your children decide what they would like to do with the cakes? within reason!