Sugar Cookies

This was one of our first attempts to introduce our baby to the world of baking and cooking. She was 23 months old (not nearly 2 years old) when she did this.

Ingredients :

300grm plain flour
150grm sugar
250grm soften butter
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt

The first step before starting any cooking is of course to read the recipe.

Carefully weigh out and get ready all the ingredients and required untensils

Sift the flour into a big mixing bowl and put aside to be used later

Mix butter and sugar together until creamy. You can use a electric mixer if you wish, but I found that using the electric mixer then to overmix the butter and makes it too soft. It is probably more fun for the child if you let them use a wooden spoon or even their hands to squash and mix the butter and suger together. If you are doing this, it is best to leave to butter out of the fridge to soften a little for easy handling.

Add egg yolk to the butter and sugar mixture. It is a little tricky for the young child to separate the yolk from white. Therefore, I actually ignored to separate the yolk and let her crack the whole egg into the mixture. This will probably result in a softer cookie, so if you prefer a hard crunchy cookie, you better stick to just adding the yolk. Continue to add vanilla and salt and mix together.

Add the pre-sifted flour into the butter mixture and mix together.

For added fun, child can use hand to do the mixing and form mixture into cookie dough. If the mixture is too soft and sticky just add a little more flour.

Place the cookie dough into the fridge to harden a little before rolling out. It could take as little as 30 mins or up to an hour depending on how hard you like the dough to be before you are confident to roll out and cut it up into shapes.

Roll dough out flat and cut up with cookie cutters. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for about 12 mins.

Tip : Store in air tight containers after cookies are cooled to prevent them from turning soft.