Shortbread is a perfect homemade Christmas gift. This Christmas shortbread recipe is so easy to make that the kids could do it themselves.
They would make a lovely, thoughtful little homemade Christmas gift to give to your friends and family too.
We wrapped ours in some cellophane and tied with a ribbon, ready to give to a loved one. We also purchased this cute little snowman stamp to emboss festive pictures onto our shortbread, you don’t have to have one of these, but it was fun to use!
You can pick similar ones up, for a reasonable price on Amazon here
Easy Christmas Shortbread Recipe for kids
125g butter 55g caster sugar 180g plain flour
1. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl 2. Add the flour and mix together well 3. Bring the dough together into a ball 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to approx 1cm thick 5. Cut out circles of shortbread dough and place onto a lined baking tray, repeating until all the dough is used 6. If using a stamp, gently press down onto the shortbread 7. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 15-20 mins 8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a pinch of caster sugar 9. Leave to cool. Then enjoy
This easy Christmas shortbread recipe for kids would also work perfectly with our dinosaur and unicorn cookie cutters, available to purchase in our online shop.
If you have had a go at creating some homemade shortbread, whether for Christmas or not, we would love to see them.
We would love you to visit our Facebook site and share your delicious creations with us xx
Tuesday 16th July 2019 National Cherry Awareness Day
I absolutely adore fresh, juicy cherries, and as it is national Cherry awareness day on Tuesday i thought id take the opportunity to share a delicious cherry slush recipe, share some cherry facts and link you up with some cherry based activity sheets for the kids!
As well as being sweet and delicious, Cherries can actually help with getting a better night sleep, improving memory and are great for the immune system. A perfect super-food for growing kids! Just x10 Cherries count as 1 serving of fruit.
Did you know that Cherry farms in the UK are slowly dying out, with over 95% of our cherries now being imported from abroad! UK cherries are typically in season in the UK between the months of May – August, so why not help our local farms and find a cherry picking farm near you and bring this fruit back to the UK trade!
This cherry slush recipe is a delicious, sweet, cooling summer drink that you and the kids are bound to love. Made with x3 ingredients only and ready in under 2 minutes! Perfect for staying hydrated on hot summer days.
300g frozen / fresh pitted cherries
2 tbsp honey (to taste)
300g Ice cubes
Place all ingredients into a food processor
Pulse until slushy
Pour into glasses
If you still cant get enough of all the cherry themed fun then this blog has some really cool, fun, crafty ideas for you to do, from cherry tree thumb painting to cherry scented play-dough.
Or there’s some lovely cherry based colouring pages available to download here.
If you make your own cherry slush we would love to hear about it and see some pictures of your creations, let us know over on our Facebook page.
These Cheesecake filled Easter Eggs are sure to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooth’s!
A Chocolate Easter Egg shell, filled with crumbly buttery biscuits, sweet creamy cheese and topped with a myriad of delicious sweet delights.
This dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser for both young and old around the dinner table!
Cheesecake Filled Easter Eggs
150ml Double cream
1tsp Vanilla extract
x4 Digestive biscuits
250g Cream cheese
50g Icing sugar
x1 Chocolate Egg
Toppings of your choice (we used a mixture of Smarties, Mini Eggs, Mini Creme Eggs, Mini Oreos, Sprinkles, Lindt Bunnies and Toffee Sauce)
Place the biscuits into a sandwich bag and bash using a rolling pin
Divide the crushed biscuits between the 2 Chocolate Egg shells
Stir together the icing sugar and cream cheese
Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until it just starts to form stiff peaks
Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mix and fold together
Spread the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base and smooth down level to the top of the egg
Add your toppings
Chill until served
My Daughters Eggs (she LOVES sprinkles 😀 )
If, after devouring these delicious cheesecake filled Easter eggs, you need something extra to fill your time, then take a look at the following linked ideas:
Activity Village is full of fantastic, fun, creative ideas for things to do with your kids. Follow the link here
Take a look at some of our other fun Easter activities from Whisk Kids, including getting the kids creative by making their own chocolate bars, ideal for Easter gifts. Alternatively make some bunny bait popcorn, perfect for Easter sleepovers! Check out these ideas and more by clicking here
Wishing you a Happy, fun-filled Easter, with love, from Whisk Kids
Roll out onto a floured surface and cut out biscuit shapes
Place on a lined baking tray and bake for approx 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow too cool
Dust with icing sugar before serving
3. Bunny Bait Popcorn
We absolutely LOVE this chocolate coated popcorn and the best thing about it is its so versatile and really allows your kids to get creative in the kitchen.
As well as munching away on it over a good film, we also bagged some of it up and left it out the night before Easter (along with a carrot) to help lure the Easter Bunny to our house!! My daughter really enjoyed doing that and it made everything seem really magical to her.
100g Popcorn (we used sweet, but you can use plain if preferred)
50g White Chocolate
2tbsp Bashed smarties
2tsp Easter coloured sprinkles
Break up the chocolate into squares and melt over a medium heat in a saucepan (on in 30 sec blasts in the microwave)
Place popcorn into a large bowl
Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn and add your toppings
Stir together thoroughly ensuring all popcorn is covered
Pour out onto a baking tray and leave to set
This recipe is great because you can use so many different toppings to suit your tastes / theme etc
Other ideas for toppings:
Chopped glace cherries
Bashed up crunchie pieces
Mini jelly sweets
Bashed up mini eggs
Freeze dried strawberries
Christmas / Halloween themed sprinkles or any other favourites!
4. Mini Doughnut Pops
These mini doughnut pops are just soooo cute and look great on the Easter treat table.
Again they are very versatile and can be decorated in many different ways, plus they’re so easy to make!
x12 mini ring doughnuts
100g chocolate (milk, white or coloured candy melts)
x12 Lollypop sticks
Lay the doughnuts out in a line on a baking tray
Melt the chocolate over a medium heat in a saucepan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
Dip the end of a lollypop stick in the melted chocolate and insert into the bottom of the doughnut
Spoon (or pipe) the chocolate over the top of the doughnut
Leave to set for approx 30mins
5. Homemade Chocolate Bars
Homemade chocolate bars are such fun to make, and they serve as a great gift to give to others for Easter.
You can purchase your own chocolate bar mould from our shop, here, and make yours look super professional!
All you need to do is:
Melt 100g Chocolate in a pan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
Pour evenly into the mould
Add your extras
Leave to set for approx 2 hrs (or in a fridge for approx 1 hour)
De-mould and “ta-da” your very own chocolate bar!
Ideas for chocolate bar extras:
A few drops of flavouring to make flavoured chocolate
Broken up biscuit
So there you have it, 5 decidedly sweet Easter fun food activities for you to do with the kids this Easter half term.
If you need a break from all that sugar then here are some fun Easter craft activities for you to do from activity village, including making Easter baskets, Easter bonnets and Easter masks.
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With International Health Awareness Day approaching, I thought id share with you a healthy, sugar free, high fiber apple cake recipe and also share some tips with you on how to make baking recipes healthier.
I have also included a link to some fun kids work-sheets, games and activities based on health and fitness, that you may like to look at with your little ones to help raise awareness of the benefits of being healthy.
Guilt free Apple cake
This delicious apple cake is free from added refined sugars, high in fiber and low in fat, but the best thing is….you’d never know!
X2 apples, peeled and sliced
2tsp mixed spice
8tsp powdered natural sweetener (for apples)
500g apple sauce
2tsp vanilla extract
80ml apple juice
360g wholemeal flour
½ tsp baking powder
50g powdered sweetener (for cake)
Preheat the oven to 180C
In a small bowl, mix together sliced apples, mixed spice and powdered sweetener
In a 2nd bowl mix together the butter, apple sauce, apple juice, eggs and vanilla
In a 3rd bowl add flour, baking powder and powdered sweetener.
Mix together bowls 2 and 3 until well combined
Pour half of the batter into a cake tin
Top with a layer of half of the apples mix
Pour remaining cake batter on top
Finish off by arranging the remaining apple slices on top of the cake
Bake for approx 1.15hr (or until skewer in centre of cake comes out clean)
Remove from oven and allow to cool
Enjoy a guilt free slice of cake!
Ways to make Baking Healthier
We all love a sweet treat, but how can you make a sweet treat better for your health?
Here are some ways you can enjoy a treat without the guilt!
Use wholemeal flour(higher in fiber which is vital for a healthy gut)
Replace refined sugars with natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup – these are all naturally very sweet and contain more nutrients that refined white sugar, which has no nutrients at all!)
Add fruit / veg to recipes (carrot cake, courgette cake, beetroot cake, or even our apple cake recipe shared here – all these will increase the fiber and vitamin content of your bakes)
Reduce portion sizes (still have your sweet treat, but cut down on your portion size. Have half today and save the other half for another day. That way you still get to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with half the amount of calories)
Substitute Fats(saturated fats are very bad for our heart health, unsaturated are much better. Replace butters with natural oils where possible. In some recipes you can even use apple sauce in place of part of the butter quantity, such as in our Guilt free Apple Cake recipe.
Nourish Interactive is great resource full of fun worksheets, games and activities you could do with your little ones to help raise their awareness on being healthy. View their free printables here