Hello! I’m guest posting here for Rachael whilst she’s away hopefully having fun!
So I‘ll introduce myself! I’m Rachel (I know! It couldn’t be more confusing if I tried!) a 26-year-old mum of two. I’m a new parenting & lifestyle blogger. I’ve been reading blogs for years and I thought I’d give it a go. I blog over at http://www.racheldowning.co.uk. I try to cover all aspects of parenting and motherhood.
As the evenings draw in, and Autumn brings a chill to the air, I’m more excited about the prospect of bundling myself in a gazillion layers, drinking hot chocolate and lighting candles. There’s something quite romantic about Autumn, I think. It’s always been one of my favourite times of year, not least because it’s my birthday month in October! I’m just a fan of autumnal fashion and fallen leaves and the run-up to Halloween & Christmas.
My parents always lived a humble life and they worked really hard, so we’d always have a fab Christmas. But we never really celebrated Halloween. My friends and I used to stalk our local ASDA for when their Halloween section would go live, and we’d spend hours looking at special effects make-up and costumes. So, naturally, now I have my own children – I try and make a big fuss of Halloween. Well actually, I make a big fuss of any reason to celebrate!
HALLOWEEN BISCUIT RECIPE
So, I thought that I’d share with you one of my favourite traditions. Halloween baking.
My daughter is notoriously a fussy eater. One of the ways I’ve encouraged her to try new foods over the year (apart from begging and bribing!) is by letting her help me cook and bake. This is our recipe and method of how we bake and decorate our favourite biscuits. We use this same recipe for Easter and Christmas biscuits too. If you’re going to give it a go, fire up a ghoulish playlist (we like singing to flying purple people eater) and have some fun.
FOR THE BISCUITS:
You will need:
500g of Plain Flour
250g of Butter or Margarine
140g of Icing Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon of Milk
Original recipe from http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/22597/basic-biscuits.aspx
Food Colouring of your choice!
Sweets and Sprinkles if you wish!
Preheat your oven to 160 degrees
- Throw your Butter, flour & Sugar into a bowl (I don’t really bother weighing it all out. Anyone else?) and crumble up into a breadcrumb consistency. Children love this step because it’s MESSY!!!
- Add in the Vanilla extract & Milk – this helps the mixture all stick together!
- Combine it all and you should have a dough. If it’s too sticky just add a smidge more flour!
- Flour your surfaces and roll out to approx. 5mm thick
- Cut out some shapes! Again, children love this step! It’s akin to playdough so it provides much entertainment! I got my Halloween cookie cutters from Amazon. But the poundshop and Ebay also do them. They’re fairly cheap and cheerful.
- Once you’ve got all your shapes cut out, line a baking tray with baking paper and place your shapes on the tray.
- Bake for 12 – 15 mins (Until golden coloured!)
- Leave to cool!
- GO WILD decorating with sweets sprinkles or icing.
These cookies really are the perfect addition to any Halloween party and so easy and fun to make! And the best thing? It’s mostly tasks children can carry out without much help, my daughter loves the independence and being a ‘chef’.
Feeling lazy? Just grab some chocolate digestives and design some ghoulish designs!
Alternative dairy-free recipe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/dairy-fee-gingerbread-people-cookies-1001021
Well, that’s that! Thank you so much to Rachael Claire for letting me post here! We had a blast making these and I hope if nothing else it inspires you to have some creative fun with your little ones this Halloween.