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Kids take the biscuit

By Jane Rainger

The festive season always brings its fair share of cooking duties but unlike most adults, kids find this part of the holidays fun! Here are a couple of fun, festive recipes that your children will really enjoy making…

Three Kings Spice Biscuits pictureYou will need:

100g (40z) plain flour100g (40z) plain flour
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch baking powder
65g (2 oz) butter or margarine
50g (2oz) light muscovite sugar
1 tablespoon milk

1. Turn on the oven to 180 C (350 F) gas mark 4. Grease a couple of baking sheets ready for later.
2. Sift the flour, spices and baking powder into a medium-sized bowl. Rubin the butter/margarine.
3. Get an adult to watch as you gently heat the milk and sugar in a saucepan (splashing hot, sticky sugar on yourself will hurt!). Once the sugar and milk are blended together, let the gloop cool.
4. Stir in the dry ingredients and the orange juice, then knead until you form a dough. Pop the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
5. Flour a board and rolling pin and roll out the dough intil it is quite thin. Now use those cutters to carve out shapes! Poke a hole near the top of each bisuit, or a ribbon to be threaded through.
6. Pop the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes - or until they turn golden brown - then allow them to cool on a wire rack.

You can use icing to decorate your Three Kings biscuits here is a simple recipe:

100g (40z) icing sugar
1 tablespoon water
1. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
2. Tip the water into the bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Spread on your biscuits. While the icing is still wet you can add toppings to the biscuits. Experiment with jelly diamonds, silver balls and vermicelli. If you have a sweet tooth you might like to sandwich your biscuits together with jam or melted chocolate. pictureReindeer Nibbles

These are really yummy, “no-cook” sweets.

You will need:

125g (4oz) dried fruit
15g (0.5 oz) glace cherries
225g (8oz) cornflakes
125g (4oz) shredded coconut
0.5 teaspoon vanilla essence
300ml (0.5 pint) condensed milk

1. Start by chopping up the cherries and the fruit. Put them in a bowl. Add the coconut and the vanilla essence.
2. Crush the cornflakes in a bag and add these to your mixture.
3. Pour in the condenses milk - a little at a time - to bind everything together. You may not need it all - you don’t want the mixture to be too sticky!
4. Now make shapes out of the mixture. Roll them into little balls, or try and model shapes with your cutters. To decorate them you could roll them in vermicelli or drinking chocolate powder.

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