Family Fun - Decorating Biscuits

Something that Top Ender, Baby Boy and I love to do is to make and decorate biscuits. It's great fun as we all get to sort out what ingredients we are using, what weights we need and then of course we get to mix them together and roll out the dough. Once they are cooked and cooled we all get to design something on top of the biscuits that we have made. Baby Boy loves decorating biscuits because he likes to see just how much icing, sprinkles and other assorted decorating bits he can pile on to one biscuit. Top Ender likes to decorate biscuits because she is developing her ideas about what it is that makes the perfect biscuit... we don't agree lol

Biscuits ready for the Oven

I think that it is great fun to make biscuits with the children because you can see the concentration on their faces as they are doing their important jobs and after they have finished decorating the biscuits you can see the pride in their faces because of what they have done. If you want to make some why not follow my very easy recipe!

Decorating Biscuits

100g (4oz) Softened Butter
50g Caster Sugar
175g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
few drops of Vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 (350of or 180oc). Beat the butter and sugar together until thoroughly mixed. Sift together the flour and salt and mix into the butter mixture with the vanilla essence to form a stiff dough. If it is too dry add a little water. Using your hands shape the mixture in the bowl into a ball and then roll out to your desired thickness on a floured work surface.

Use Biscuit cutters to cut out shapes and re-roll the trimmings to make more biscuits from. Bake for about 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.