My son and I love making cookies on a rainy day. I know now to make this a truely memorable experience with these nifty tricks:
Make the dough a day in advance, and keep it in the fridge. Cookie dough also freezes well, so I like to make a large batch and freeze half for later.
While your cookies cool, and your children are otherwise occupied (in my case: building some new Lego creation), create some colorful icing for decorating.
Place small amounts of decorations in a muffin tin, this keeps your table organised. When we are done decorating, we put the leftover decorations aside. My son mixes these in a bowl of yoghurt for a festive desert that evening!
Display your children’s creations on a pretty dish or cake stand. They take a lot of pride in their work.
Place the cookies in a transparant zip lock bag, then attach this bake to a decorative tray. This makes a great present for grandma or an aunty with a sweet tooth!
Remember your child’s attention span is a lot shorter than yours, don’t be surprised if they are bored after making 3 cookies. In their minds this is still helping and they will take the credit for all the work! This always makes me smile, because it does mean my son takes pride in his creations.
Nigella has provided a great cookie recipe in het book “how to be a domestic goddes”. Me and my 4 year old have made multiple batches of these cookies, and they never disappoint! These cookies are tasty, with and without the colorful icing.
I love making chocolate chip cookies. All my son does is make dough balls and press them flat, but he has so much fun!
I love looking for inspiration on Pinterest. This time I ran into a 3 ingredient cookie recipe. This inspired me as it also contained no sugar and they looked delicious, find my inspiration here.
The cookies were easy to make. They are best eaten right away, or within 24 hours. This would not be a problem in my home! It is a great way to make use of that overripe banana. The riper your banana gets, the sweeter your cookies will be.
These cookies make a great healthy snack for the entire family. They could even be used as a breakfast cookie along with a smoothy or a tall glass of milk. I tested my cookies on my toddler and my colleagues. They were all amazed at how delicious they were without added sugar.
This simple recipe would also be a great recipe for children to make with very little help from you!
3 ingredient cookies
1 overripe banana
2 handfulls of quick oats
2 handfulls of chocalate chips
Optional: dried fruit and/or nuts
Mash up your banana and mix your ingredients. Spoon your cookies on a baking sheet. I made 6 smaller cookies, but you could make 3 larger cookies as well.
Bake your cookies in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees C and enjoy!
Alternatively you can mix in chuncks of your favorite candy bar (I like Snickers, but any other chocolate candy bar could work)
Every recipe calls for a different order for mixing the ingredients. In my experience it doesn’t really matter how you combine the ingredients, just make sure you don’t cook the eggs with the hot melted chocolate.
Preheat your oven at 190 degrees C.
Melt your chocolate and butter above simmering water.
Line your baking tin (I use a rectangular 15 cm by 30 cm baking tin).
Take your melted chocolate of the heat, let it cool for a few minutes.
Mix in the vanilla essence, sugar, this lowers the temperature of the chocolate a little more.
Combine with the eggs, flour, salt and coco powder.
Stir in the optional filling.
Pour the batter in the baking tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
Your cooking time depends on how dense you like your brownies. Sometimes I slightly undercook my brownies. This way I can warm them up later (and cook them a bit more) in the microwave and serve them warm with vanilla ice cream or clotted cream.