Iced ABCs

Make staying inside fun and educational with these sweet ABC cookies! Teach kids cooking and their alphabet at the same time with this simple recipe from Miffy – you should be able to find most of the ingredients in your cupboards already:

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What you’ll need:

200g unsalted butter, softened

200g golden caster sugar

1 large egg

½ tsp vanilla extract or 1 lemon, zested

400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

8-12 x 19g coloured icing pens, or fondant icing sugar mixed with a little water and food colouring

Step 1: Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the butter in a bowl and beat it using an electric whisk until soft and creamy. Beat in the sugar, then the egg and vanilla or lemon, and finally the flour to make a dough. If the dough feels a bit sticky, add a little more flour and knead it in. Perfect!

Step 2: Cut the dough into six pieces all the same size and roll out one at a time to about 5mm thickness on a floured surface. The easiest way to do this is to roll the mixture out on a baking mat. Cut out letter and number shapes and peel away the leftover dough at the edges; this is a great chance to practise a little one’s 123s and ABCs in a fun way! Re-roll any off-cuts and repeat.

Step 3: Transfer the whole mat or the individual biscuits to two baking sheets and bake for 7-10 mins or until the edges are just brown. Leave to cool completely and repeat with the rest of the dough. You should be able to fit about 12 on each sheet; if you are using two sheets, remember that the one underneath will take a minute longer.

Step 4: Bring your art class to the kitchen by icing the biscuits using the pens to make stripes or dots, or colour in the whole biscuit if you like. You could even mix your icing colours and test little ones on what colour they will make. Your ABCs and 123s will keep for five days in an airtight container.

As featured on BBC Good Food.

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