13 September 2010

coconut cookies

My 3 yr old son LOVES to cook but I am always on the hunt for recipes that are manageable for us both: so he can DO most of the cooking and I DON'T have to do lots of cleaning up.
I found this recipe and it is a great one for kids. All you have to do is melt the butter, which I did on the hob as we don't have a microwave. But I am sure you can even let the kids measure the butter and put it in the microwave to melt, just need supervision taking it out as it will be hot.

We added 1 tbs of food colouring to the melted butter for fun. Quarrian is obsessed with colour and paint and loves when I put food colouring in their water table, or even in the bath! God bless him.

The mixture comes together like play dough so it's easy for the kids to handle and shape into flat circles. If they make mistakes or it falls apart, just put it back in the bowl and try again.

1 cup of self-raising flour (or substitute for gluten free flour)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1/3 cup melted butter (or non-dairy margarine to make vegan)
3-4 tbs water
optional: 1 tbs food colouring to make it freaky!

1. melt butter
2. add all dry ingredients to bowl
3. add melted butter and water
4. mix together with a fork to start with and then your hands
5. shape about 1 tbs of dough into flat circles and put on tray, about 1-2 cm apart
6. bake in over for 12 mins at 150 degrees Celsius.

 yes, they really ARE that orange LOL

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