Are you and your little ones starting to get more than just a little fed up of this cold and grey weather? If you are, then you might be looking for something to do which means that you don’t have to face the cold and rain.
Baking is a great activity for you and your kids, not only is it fun, but it is something that you can do at home, and best of all, you get to eat them afterwards.
One of the cutest biscuits we have seen out there has to be these Chocolate Mint Penguin Stained Glass Cookies. The best thing about these particular cookies is not only are they great to look at, but they also taste amazing, especially with the combo of chocolate and mint.
So, how do you make these amazing penguin cookies for yourself at home?
Whilst they may sound tricky to make, there isn’t a huge list of ingredients for these cookies. You need:
- 125g unsalted butter
- 200g plain flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 60g soft brown sugar
- 2tbs milk
- 20 glacier mints
You will also need milk chocolate chips, yellow and orange smarties and edible candy eyes in order to decorate them.
First thing that you need to do is to prepare the shortbread dough that you are going to need to make those biscuits. To do this we need to cube the butter into a large mixing bowl, once it is in the bowl, you should sift in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, rubbing it in with your fingertips. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
Once you have these breadcrumbs, you can beat in the sugar and milk. This should allow you to pull the mixture together using your hands, before briefly kneading it all together until it reaches a smooth dough.
You need to make sure that you wrap your dough ball in clingfilm and pop it into the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
During those 30 minutes that the dough is chilling, you need to allow the oven to heat up to 180 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper, ready to go.
In order to prepare all those sweets to make the stained glass effect, you get to have some fun, as well as let out some anger too. Once they are all unwrapped you need to pop them in one of those super strong freezer bags and bash them into teeny tiny pieces with a big rolling pin. Trust us, this is the best part of the entire recipe.
Slightly less satisfying is cutting the smarties in half to make the beaks of the penguin.
Once the dough is rested it needs to be rolled out on a floured surface, you should aim for the thickness of a £1 coin for this part. Using a round cookie cutter, you need to cut out circles of dough and place them onto the lined baking trays. Then you will need to use a smaller cookie cutter to cut a circle out from the tummy of the penguin.
This circle is where you will put all those perfectly crushed mints. The cookies only take around 10 minutes to cook and your aim is to make sure that the mints are all completely melted. As soon as you remove them from the oven you need to place the chocolate chips on the cookie so that they melt and you can attach the smarties and eyes.
After cooling on a wire rack, these cool little critters are going to make the ideal treat for you and of course for your little bakers too!
Recipe sourced from Eatsamazing.co.uk