Saturday, May 7, 2011

Even a toddler can cook these! Happy Mothers day!

Lemon Polenta Cookies - fantastic to bake with toddlers 
Happy Mothers Day to all those busy mums out there. I never knew how demanding being a mum could be until I had my own son. I often feel like a bungy cord, being stretched and pulled BUT thankfully always bouncing back!

My son loves to bake - hes only 3 but clearly sees me in the kitchen and wants a piece of the action. Usually its a messy affair and the results are not the usual adult standard, however these crunchy cookies worked out perfectly. The great thing about them is, its a dough and you can give the littlie some to play with and hopefully it will keep him busy whilst you make the "real" nicely shaped cookies that are thin and crunchy unlike your child's chunky creation. 

Adding polenta and zesty lemon make them adult friendly too, as does the lemon drizzle icing. No food colouring, not too much of a sugar rush and thin enough to eat a few and not feel like you have pigged out.

Dads, give it ago and treat her this Sunday!
Top tip - make sure the clean up is spot on!

Lemon polenta cookies - the pics in the background are of our own mum having fun with the girls - your the best mum!  

lemon Polenta Cookies
What you need
125g butter softened
1/2 cup of Sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
Lemon zest from one large lemon 
3/4 cup Polenta
1 1/4 cup Flour

How to make
Pre heat oven to 160 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar until pale.
Add egg yolks, zest and vanilla and mix in to the creamed mixture.
Add the polentas and flour and mix until you have a dough like consistency. 

Now, this is when you give your littlie some dough and let them play with it!

In the meantime you "quickly" start to roll out the dough about 1/2 cm thick and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

You will probably need to add more flour so the cookies don't stick to the bench. 
Place on the baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until pale.

You can either ice them with lemon icing or dust them with icing sugar.

Lemon Polenta Cookies  - for mum

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