Bat Biscuits

These biscuits can be used at any time of the year to be honest! Simply shape and decorate according to season. Easy and sweet….what more could you want!?

100g sugar
100 butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
225g flour
  • Pre heat oven to 190C
  • Mix butter and sugar together until creamy
  • Add egg and vanilla essence and stir well
  • When smooth, add the flour slowly until a soft dough is formed
  • Leave to harden slightly¬† in fridge for 20-30 minutes
  • Dust work surface and roll dough out to about 5mm thickness
  • Cut the dough into the shapes you want – bats, ghosts….(Christmas Tree, Star, Easter Bunny)
  • Place on baking parchment on a tray and into the oven
  • Bake for about 10 minutes – will depend on your oven – keep an eye on them! When finished they will be slightly brown around the edges.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before decorating with icing

Play Dough

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So very easy and much better than any commercially bought play dough! Will keep for ever wrapped up in a plastic container.

We make this play dough about twice a year or when the children have playdates and they lack inspiration! The children each pick a colour and I let them knead it until combined. They love playing with it when it is just done – all warm and soft.

1 cup cold water
1 cup plain flour
2tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1tbsp cooking oil
Food colouring
  • Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and mix – keep heat low
  • Stir constantly to avoid it burning and sticking to the pan
  • When the dough comes away from the sides (takes about 10 minutes) of the pan, turn onto a work surface and knead. Take care as it will be hot.
  • Add food colour of your choice while you are kneading. Easy to make his and hers…

The benefits of making your own play dough are many – cheaper, you know what is in it in case your toddler decides to eat some, children take pride knowing they did it, you can personalise it!

Wrap in cling film and keep in a container/tupperware at room temperature and it will last you for months and months.