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Kids in the Kitchen - You're never too young to start cooking!

Miss T helps in the kitchen this week! 
I never know whether to post our cooking themed posts here or over on D's blog The Brilliant Chef because that's often where I look up previous recipes that we've tried so it makes sense for them all to be in one place.

On the other hand, D wasn't involved with today's cookery project at all so it doesn't seem right to hijack his blog for the write-up so it's here on our blog instead.

We are linking up with Raisie Bay's Kid's in the Kitchen linky again. It is a really lovely linky that encourages and inspires kids to get involved with cooking. A skill that I wish I had learnt from my mother but sadly didn't - cooking really is a skill that will prepare them for life and it is great fun and educational too.

It is usually either the Brilliant Chef himself or his big bro that get's involved in the cooking but this week I had a somewhat younger helper - Little Miss T.

I noticed that she enjoyed helping me beat some eggs recently when I was cooking a Moussaka so I wondered whether she could help with these Valentine's cookies too. Even though she is only 22 months old, I think that you are never too young to start helping in the kitchen.
We had some lollies which were proving to be too numerous and too sticky to eat as lollies so we thought we could use them in the centre of our cookies. Ideally, the boiled sweet type hard lollies are best for this and make a clear stained-glass effect heart shape in the centre of the cookies but I hate things going to waste and it was these lollies that needed to be used up.
So I got Miss T to start crushing them up with the pestle and mortar. I think quite a lot managed to sneak into her mouth too!
Then it was making a basic cookie dough recipe:
300g plain flour
150g caster sugar
250g butter or margarine
1 egg yolk (remember you can freeze the egg white so it doesn't go to waste)
2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Next combine the butter and sugar together, then add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. We used a mixer but you can just mix by hand.

2. Add the flour and mix to form a dough.

3. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Now your dough is ready to roll out (not too thinly) and then cut out your shapes.

We used a special heart cutter that cuts out a smaller heart-shaped hole in the centre of the cookie but if you don't have one you can just use a template to cut a large heart and then use a small cookie cutter in the centre to make the hole.

5. Put them onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Then add the crushed lollies into the holes.
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for 12 minutes.
Now we have our Valentine's cookies ready, time for a spot of Valentine's crafts!

So that was our Kids in the Kitchen recipe for this week. Next week my aim is to make something savoury with the kids helping. That is one of the things I love about D - he loves to get stuck into cooking anything and everything not just cakes and cookies but proper meals too.

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Also linking up with Clarina's Contemplation's Savouring the season:
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10 comments:

  1. What a lovely little helper you have this week :) Thank you for joining in with Kids in the Kitchen again, my mum never taught me to cook either, in fact it was my ex husband who taught me. This makes me even more determined to teach my kids.

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    1. I'm rubbish at cookery but I have gradually learnt that it's important to 'have a go' so that is what I want my kids to learn - to not be afraid of cooking and that it doesn't matter if things don't go to plan - you still learn something from the experience. xxx

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  2. My children love cooking too.
    I hadn't heard of that linky before but going to link up right now!

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    1. yes it is a lovely new linky and i don't think word has got around about it yet - but it really encourages us to remember to get cooking each week! Look forward to seeing your posts - You can link up old or new posts. xxx

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  3. Oh they look fab. I am in awe of your cooking skills with your little ones.
    (I made gingerbread men with Max - it looked like a cake!! how? how??)
    xx

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    1. I am actually totally rubbish at cooking - but have learnt from my son just to be brave enough to try things out - sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't but we just get stuck in and have fun along the way. x

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  4. Oh wow Rebecca, that sounds like so much fun and I love the photos. I must get back in the kitchen with POD, those cookies look divine :)

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    1. thanks Charly. It is lovely that Miss T seems to really enjoy helping with the cooking nowadays xxx

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  5. These look YUM! Will have to bookmark them for next year... Although you could adapt them for every season I suppose! Perfect for#SavouringtheSeason ... Thanks for linking up!

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