Parenting is the biggest learning curve I’ve ever been on. No sooner do you learn how to handle weaning or walking with a “whoop, we’ve nailed it!” (high fives) you’re greeted by the next frontier. A new conundrum floors you and you’re cheated out of the few moments of being a smug parent. Yes my friends, I’m talking about toddlers learning to say no.
I thought it would be fun to make some Valentine’s cookies together to give to friends we were seeing the following day. Everyone was super keen until I said they needed to wear aprons. What followed was a show-down with folded arms, pursed lips and a lot of “NO”. (No idea where they get their over-dramatic side from.)
I battled, reasoned and stood my ground for a while. You’re not supposed to give in, right? But, errr, we needed an activity and this was it. Plus I fancied a cookie.
Every day’s a school day – I’m learning to pick my battles with the pair of them. Hence, what follows is toddler twins cooking Valentine’s Cookie Pops… Sans aprons.
G&H are almost 2, in this recipe they helped to:
Beat the eggs
Sprinkle in the cinnamon
Squish the dough together with their hands
Roll it out
Cut out shapes
Spoon on chocolate
Add sprinkles on top
Although, their favourite thing was proudly giving out their creations to people
- 250g Butter, softened
- 150g Caster sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 325g Plain flour
- 200g White chocolate
- You'll also need Lolly Sticks
- Beat the butter and sugar together until they are a smooth mixture.
- Beat in the egg and cinnamon.
- Add the plain flour and mix in using a spoon first and then your hands until the mixture forms a ball of dough.
- Roll out, leaving quite this (about 1cm) using extra flour if the dough is sticky.
- Cut out your shapes and push a lolly stick into the centre of each one.
- Put on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes.
- To decorate, melt your white chocolate and spoon over the cooled cookies.
- Decorate with sprinkles.
I’m off to M&S in a minute to buy us a Valentine’s Meal for 2. Yes, we’re pushing the boat right out this year. Who needs grand romantic gestures when you have a slightly nibbled, heart shaped cookie made by your toddler? How are you celebrating? Cooking up something special? A child-free evening? Whatever you’re up to, happy Valentine’s day my friends.