Every now and then I spot a creative idea and think about my youngest Blake and how easily or not he’d be able to recreate it. He has a few difficulties concentrating and so projects have to really spark his interest for him to be able to enjoy and complete. So when I saw an idea from Hobbycraft for painting your own Easter Egg cookies I knew this was one to try with Blake.
I may have mentioned before that the school my boys go to gives them creative homework each half term. The idea is they choose themselves four projects from a list of ideas, they create something appropriate and then support it with written instructions or description. One is always baking and this half term it was with an Easter theme. Sorted!
We had a trip down to our local Hobbycraft and got a few supplies in, for both these and some cookies Zac made too, but that’s for another post.
Want to have a go? Here’s the recipe we followed and it made all the cookies shown in the photos so no need to double up the ingredients unless you want to feed a small army.
- 350g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 115g unsalted butter softened
- 300g white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- white fondant icing
- lemon juice
- food colouring pastes
- icing sugar
Making the Easter cookies is really easy.
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 100g at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill the dough. Divide dough into 2 balls.
3. On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 in. diameter x 1/8 in. thick. Dip Egg shaped cookie cutter in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Leave to cool completely.
Makes approx 3 dozen cookies – I got 28 out of it.
4. Knead your white fondant icing until pliable. Dust your Roll-n-cut mat with corn flour before rolling out your fondant to about 5mm thickness (or more based on personal taste).
Use the Egg Cookie cutter to cut out an equal number of Fondant eggs to match your cookies. You may need to do this is two sessions and re-roll your fondant in between.
5. Mix icing sugar, a squeeze of lemon and water to make a runny icing and ‘paint’ onto a cookie and then place the fondant cut out on top. Gently smooth to adhere fondant to the cookie. Repeat this with all the cookies.
6. Using a colour mixing palate or small plate put a few drops of your chosen colours pastes and add a tiny drop of water to each. Using your brush, add brush strokes of colours to the fondant – taking care not to get the fondant too wet. Repeat on all cookies and then leave to dry.
We used Wilton Colouring Pastes and some Wilton brushes and set Blake loose! I honestly thought he might get bored after painting one or two but credit to him, he did the lot.
Check him out with his tongue out – I’m sure that helps him to concentrate! My favourite design is the one where he just put a yellow blob in the middle. He said it’s an egg Mummy – get it?
Here he is pleased as punch with his finished Easter cookies:
We left them overnight to dry. A friend did suggest mixing the food colouring paste with a little vodka to evaporate and dry quicker. I love the idea but didn’t fancy it when giving out Easter cookies to Blake’s classmates. One to try at home maybe and check the booze does evaporate fully!
If you want to see the original Easter cookie idea from Hobbycraft you can see it on their blog HERE.
See you soon.