A taste of Christmas

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Put on your aprons and make some mouth-watering festive treats

Christmas cooking

1 Snap a biscuit

Make seasonal wholemeal biscuits designed for sharing

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Development matters: seek out others to share experiences (22-36 months); form friendships with other children (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: form good relationships with adults and peers.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Cooking area; hand-washing facilities; plastic mixing bowls; spoons; forks; floured board; seasonal-shaped cutters; greased baking tray; cooling rack; 200g wholemeal flour; 150g butter; 100g caster sugar; beaten egg, pinch of salt; icing sugar; water.

What to do

Ask for parental permission for the children to taste and handle foods, and check for any food allergies and dietary requirements.

Help the children to sift the flour and salt into a bowl and, with clean hands, finely rub in the butter. Add the sugar and mix to a stiff dough with the beaten egg. Then, roll the dough on a floured board, and encourage the children to use seasonal-shaped cutters to create several biscuits.

Transfer two shapes at a time on to a greased baking tray, making sure that both shapes sit closely together. Prick each shape with a fork.

Bake the shapes in an oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. As each pair of biscuits cook, they will spread slightly and join together.

Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave them on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

Invite the children to mix icing sugar and water to create a thick paste, then let them cover each double biscuit with random dots of icing to represent snowflakes. Dust the biscuits lightly with sifted icing sugar.

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