‘Frozen’ Snowflake Cookie Recipe – Yum!

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For our recent Frozen Birthday Party I wanted cookies to fit the theme so snowflakes were perfect! A cutter from our local kitchen store was $4.99 and will be well used at Christmas each year also.

It is not easy finding a great cookie recipe to use shape cutters with, some are too crumbly, dry, and a pain to work with but this one works really well, it is a really tasty biscuit on its own at any thickness so could be used as a basic cookie or rolled out and used with any shape cookie cutter, it is lovely and buttery and crisp – like a nice shortbread.

You can have the cookie on its own, or with sugar sprinkled on top, with pretty icing, dipped in chocolate or sandwiched with jam or icing! 😀

The recipe is simple but you will need to make it in advance as it needs to be refrigerated for a few hours before it is hard enough to work with. Do not be alarmed when its first made as it is super soft and hard to imagine it will come together to use with a cookie cutter or hold its shape!

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Ingredients

225g Unsalted Butter (I used normal and it was fine)
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
2 Cups Flour

Method

Combine the butter and sugar together in food mixer until it is pale and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally and then mix the salt and vanilla well into this mixture.

Add the egg and beat well.

Slowly add the flour and mix until only just combined.

Place some plastic wrap or gladwrap on the bench and tip the mixture into this. You can either gently mould it into a flat ball shape if you wish to roll it out later for cookie cutters, or you can manipulate it into a roll in the wrap to later cut into 1 cm slices.

Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours to several hours if you wish to cut slices off it.

Once out of the fridge gently knead the dough and on a well floured surface roll out the dough to the desired thickness, we went quite thin but could also be thicker and just cooked longer. You may need to flour the rolling pin too to ensure nothing sticks.

Use the cookie cutter to cut the shape and gently transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook at 160C for 13-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them from about 12 minutes on to ensure that they do not begin to brown at the edges, they should be pale golden underneath when done.

Cool on the tray for 3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

For the Frozen Party Snowflake I added blue sugar crystals to the top for the icy effect before I baked them, you could add red or green for Christmas, or even add some food colouring to the recipe to make cookie shapes for whatever theme you need.

These were very popular at the party with kids and adults alike.

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Grandma’s Recipe – Banana Cake

Baking this weekend and dealing with some less than pretty bananas – and this is top of the list – LOVE this recipe, let me know if you give it a try 🙂

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I was blessed to know my wonderful Grandma into my early 20’s until she passed from Cancer. She was a Wife to a Sheep Farmer, a Mother to seven, a Grandma to 21 and by now would be a Great Grandma to lots & lots of Great Grandchildren!

She was very special to me and some of the fondest memories I have of her are baking and preparing meals for her family & grandchildren and I am delighted to have many of her recipes, passed on by my Mum who was her eldest daughter.

This is one of the first recipes I made as an adult and continue to make often to this day always with her in my heart. Whenever bananas go past their best I pop them in the freezer – you can then get the bananas out a few hours before you need them, or you can…

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‘Frozen’ Coconut Ice

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We went a little Frozen crazy recently for my Daughters 4th birthday party! If you have been living in a cave it is the latest Disney Movie that is a huge hit with kids! Blue & White food was the theme and boy did I have fun Googling, brainstorming and going Pinterest crazy!

This is a modification of my usual coconut ice recipe to make it more Frozen like 🙂 This is the uncooked coconut ice, great for kids to make as it is not hot and can be handled straight away. So easy and looks really effective, you could alter the colour to suit any theme or party – red and green for Christmas, white and green for St Patrick’s, pink and pinker for Valentines etc etc.


Ingredients

3 1/2 Cups Icing Sugar
3 Cups Desiccated Coconut
1 tin Condensed Milk (400g)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Blue food colouring

Method

Combine the icing sugar, coconut, condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl and blend well. Once it begins to come together use your hands or a strong wooden spoon to kneed it until completely combined .

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Take half the mixture into another bowl and add a few drops of blue food colouring until you get the desired colour, work quickly as it does begin to set.

Line a baking tin (I used a 25cm by 25cm tin) with baking paper, and spread the blue mixture evenly into the tray, press down with a damp hand to get it smooth and even.

Carefully dollop the white mixture over the blue and with the back of a spoon or your damp hand cover the blue evenly with mixture, ensuring the two colours do not mix.

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Once complete pop in the fridge to cool completely and set, this will take around an hour or two. I took it out of the fridge for 20 minutes before I sliced it into small squares, and pop back into the fridge until you are ready to serve.

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I have lots more Frozen party ideas that I will pop up over the coming weeks, search Frozen in the side bar to see what else we came up with!

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The cupboards are bare so thought I would track down a new cookie recipe for the kids lunch boxes tomorrow and came across this one in the old recipe books so gave it a whirl and they are seriously yum! The house smells of scrummy chocolately chocolateness and there possibly isn’t anything better than that! My son gives them a 10/10 and my husband said he could not possibly critique until he had eaten a few more…….so I take that as a good sign! 😉

The recipe is a simple one, I doubled it so the cookie jar will remain full for more than one day and I am really pleased with the result

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Ingredients

125g Butter, softened
1/3 Cup Caster Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips or Drops
Method

Preheat Oven to 160C

Cream the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until creamy and smooth, it is easier to use a food mixer for this.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

Combine the self raising flour and cocoa and add to the mixture and blend well, fold in chocolate chips to finish.
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Grease a baking tray – or I lightly spray it and cover with baking paper – and roll tablespoon sized balls of mixture and add to tray – leaving an inch either side of dough. Gently press the ball with a damp hand – you can add chocolate drops to the top for added fanciness if you desire!

Bake for 13 minutes, the cookies will appear soft when you take them from the oven but they will firm up on standing.

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Cool slightly on tray then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Table Hammocks – Simple Fun for Kids

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After having the kids home sick all week I was desperate for something to keep them quiet but happy and came up with this! A new take on the usual sheet over the table tent – we created table hammocks! And it was so easy and they had hours of entertainment – simply using a queen sized sheet tied over the top of the table 🙂 (Turns out this is not an original idea – but it was to me ha ha – the joys of Google prove me wrong but happy to share my version :-))

(Please ensure that you take all practical steps to ensure safety for your little ones and do so at your own risk with constant supervision,  consider the child’s age, strength of your table, child’s understanding and size of your child before you set this up please- I cannot accept responsibility for you trying this at home)

What you need:

Queen sized sheet
Strong Sturdy Dining Table (a Must!)

How:

Simply take two opposite corners (on the diagonal) of the large sheet bring them up from underneath the table tie them on top of the table. We tied it width ways across our table (which is approx. 1.2m wide) You may want to try a few times to get the sheet the right height – high enough so they are off the ground – not too high so they are kissing the table! 😉 You will need to tie a tight strong double knot.

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Once you have the sheet tied to a suitable height, take your little one under the table and teach them how to hop in – bottoms first in the very centre of the hanging sheet – then gently lay back and lift their feet, after a few tries they will be away! Once they are in they can pull the sides of the sheet out a little to make a wider hammock if needed so their shoulders are supported – the other corners of the sheet make a comfy cover if they want to snuggle down in there and pull them over like a blanket.

When they are ready to get out – teach them to gently roll out and come out of the table on their hands and knees to ensure they do not bang their heads.

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This is one of those activities that is so simple and easy BUT you need to use common sense. My table is very very strong solid wood – I know it would not collapse under their weight and I did not allow them to swing when they are in there so they did not bang their heads etc and also taught them the safe way to get in and out. I double knotted the sheets and checked it from time to time to make sure the knot was still strong.

So my 3 loved it – we started with only one hammock and quickly needed to accommodate all of them under there – they took in a wee table with some fruit on it, books, teddies and dollys, even the ipad was played on under there. It made a special place just for them – somewhere quiet they could be and create their own special world. We covered the whole table with a large sheet so it was cosy and snug in a little world made for 3.

And it saved my sanity on a sick day!

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Feel free to ask any questions if you are not sure how to set it up = but try it a few times first and see how it goes – remember the opposite corners on a diagonal on the sheet.

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My Mum’s Vanilla Biscuits

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Today I would like to share with you a recipe from my Mum – I am quite sure she did not invent the recipe but in my mind it may as well be hers! These cookies were a constant when I was growing up – the go to cookie recipe for any occasion and they are so so tasty. They are crispy, buttery, sugary and great with either sultanas or chocolate chips. A really basic recipe that takes no time to whip up.

Ingredients

125g Butter
250g Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Egg
250g Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup of Sultanas or Chocolate Chips

Method

Preheat Oven to 175C.

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until smooth and creamy. Add egg and mix well. Combine dry ingredients including sultanas or chocolate chips and blend until all mixed through.

Roll a tablespoon sized amount of mixture together in damp hands and pop on a cold greased or lined tray. Press slightly with a damp fork.

Bake for approx. 13 – 16 minutes until slightly golden in colour.

Remove from the oven and after a few minutes remove onto a wire rack or newspaper to cool completely. They will be soft when removed from oven but will crisp up on standing.

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Easy as that! Store in an airtight container and they last well – if you don’t eat them all that is!

I hope you enjoy this quick tasty biscuit recipe from my family to yours.

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Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

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I was given this recipe for Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding by my lovely Aunty Marilyn when I was a young girl and have made no other version since! The ingredients are everyday basics you have in the pantry so this makes a perfect go to dessert when you are wanting something sweet and decadent. You are left with a lovely chocolate cake like pudding and a thick chocolatey gooey sauce, perfect on its own or divine with ice cream, cream or yoghurt.

You can easily whisk it up while dinner is cooking – pop it in the oven and by the time you have finished eating dinner its ready to go for dessert! Perfect for a cold winters evening, or really any time of the year as lets face it when is chocolate dessert not a good idea!

Ingredients

Base:
1 Cup flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP Cocoa
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 TBSP Butter (melted)
1/2 Cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Sauce:
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Cocoa
1  1/2 to 2 Cups Boiling Water
1 TBSP Coconut (Optional)

Method

Heat oven to 150C

For the base combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking powder and mix well.

Add to this the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Combine ingrdients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a casserole dish or a large ring mould.

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For the sauce, combine the brown sugar, cocoa and coconut – combine well and sprinkle over the base mixture until well covered and even. Pour over boiling water and cover with a sheet of waxed paper or lid.

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Bake for 30-40 minutes – knife will come out of cake clean once done.

Serve straight away or set aside in fridge to heat later in the day with whipped cream or ice cream. The one photographed today does not include coconut, but it is just as tasty with or without!

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I hope you enjoy this lovely recipe my family have been enjoying for years. Feel free to check out the other easy yummy recipes here on my blog and fun kids activities also.

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