On Friday morning I was absolutely frazzled.
And the reason I was so completely pooped is because I was up in the night for nearly 3 hours straight with Lily.
I went in and changed her nappy. I got her a drink. I hugged her and stroked her back/arm/cheek/leg/everywhere for AGES. I sung to her. I whispered softly to her. I did everything I could to try and get her to go back to sleep but she just wanted cuddles (as she kept repeatedly shouting each time I put her back in her cot) and there was no arguing with her. I told her that yes, I adored cuddles as well and I’d love to sit there all night with her but it meant that I’d be a walking zombie the next day. She wasn’t having any of it. She even ended up banging her head on the headboard when I asked her to lie down (she just flopped without looking) so I had to get her up and face an hour of cheery Peppa Pig to stop her going to sleep (the exact opposite of my original goal) until I was sure it was OK. Anyway, in the end it was 4am by the time she was in snoozeville and at 7.30am, I was not at my best for obvious reasons.
After begging my partner for a quick half hour about 10-ish, I managed to refresh and bounce out of bed exactly 30 minutes later looking a bit more ‘with it’ and in the mood for making some biccies with Lily for us to decorate with coloured icing/other bits and bobs.
So, I thought I’d share my quick recipe for a simple biscuit dough incase you fancied rustling up your own homemade cookies with your kiddos…(and as a thank you for listening to my moan about having no sleep!)
Simple Biscuit Recipe
FOR THE BISCUITS:
(1) 200g butter (2) 110g caster sugar (3) 1 egg yolk (4) 375g plain flour (5) 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees / gas mark 3 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Soften the butter (1) in the microwave (try 10 seconds and repeat until desired consistency) and mix with the sugar (2) in a large bowl for a couple of minutes.
Separate the egg (I tend to crack over the sink) and add the yolk (3) to the bowl together with the vanilla extract (5) and anything else you might want to chuck in (chocolate chips? cocoa powder? raisins?) — if you do add powder, make sure to add a dash of milk.
Continue to stir the mixture and gradually add in the flour (4) before discarding the spoon and using your hands to form the dough.
Roll out and shape as you wish and pop in the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden brown.
TO MAKE THE ICING:
The icing is just a mixture of hot water and icing sugar made up to the right consistency (slowly add the water whilst stirring).
I made up three little pots of orange, green and red icing using food colouring and we added some leftover Peppa Pig rice paper stickers, sprinkles and white chocolate drops.
It took about 10 minutes to make the biscuit dough and we spent the same amount of time making our shapes which is about the right amount of time attention-span-wise for an 18 month old I would say.
My plan was for Lily to nap whilst they were baking so she could get up and ice them afterwards but as she’s not a big fan of naps right now (not for my lack of trying!) we played instead.
Best of luck with your biscuits and I hope they turn out well. Ours looked really ‘homemade’ which I like, I seem to think it makes them taste better! Ha!