Baking Cookies with Little Ones

Making and baking these shortbread cookies is such a fun activity to do with children of all ages, especially during the holidays when you’re stuck indoors.

And the decorating of the finished cookies is surely the best bit! Little ones just love getting creative with all the icing colours, cacao nibs and marshmallows. You could also try sugar sprinkles, haribo sweeties and raisons and why not experiment decorating different shaped cookies like hearts, dinosaurs or pretty fairies?

Whatever shaped cookies you decide to make, and however they are decorated, these beautiful shortbread biscuits make great presents for teachers and grandparents and the receivers of these wonderful gifts will love the fact that they have been handmade and decorated by little ones.

And not forgetting they taste great too!

At Christmas time, why not try making a Snowman Shortbread Biscuit or a Christmas Tree Shortbread Biscuit?

Gluten free. Dairy free. Soya free.


For the shortbread cookies
  • 125g dairy free margarine
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 180g gluten free plain flour
  • Extra gluten free plain flour for dusting
To decorate
  • Icing sugar, seived
  • Water
  • Coloured tubes of icing
  • Marshmallows, cacao nibs, raisons, almonds, sugar sprinkles etc


For the shortbread cookies
  • Mix the margarine and the caster sugar together until smooth.
  • Stir in the flour until it forms a paste.
  • Turn the dough out on to a floured work space.
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough until it’s around 1cm thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut the dough in to shape.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the uncooked biscuits on to the tray leaving space in between.
  • Then pop them in to the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the biscuits from the fridge and place them in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes. They should turn a pale brown colour.
  • Once done, set aside on a wire rack to cool down.


To decorate

  • Sieve the icing sugar in to a bowl.
  • Mix with small amounts of water until gloopy.
  • Spoon the icing on to your cookies and leave to set.
  • Use your coloured icing tubes to decorate.
  • Add the marshmallows, sweets and cacao nibs and whatever other topping takes your fancy.


Baking Cookies with Little Ones

Baking Cookies with Little Ones


Another great recipe to try with little ones is chocolate cookies as they will love licking the bowl afterwards and enjoy eating this wonderfully chocolate treat.



Georgina Hodge
Georgina Hodge
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My aim is to provide fun, easy and inspirational tips, ideas and recipes for a happy and healthy gluten, dairy and soya free way of life that everyone will love, especially our precious little ones X

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