Mini M&M Biscuits – Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

20 Feb

To get in the spirit of Australia Day recently, Thomas and I made some green and gold Mini M&M biscuits. I found the recipe in a Super Food Ideas magazine and whilst they’re not at all healthy, sometimes its nice to have a treat :-).  These biscuits are only bite sized so they’re ideal for little hands (and tummies).

While we used green and gold M&M’s for our Australia Day biscuits, you could use any colour you like depending on the occasion and sorting the M&M’s is an activity in itself. Be prepared though for “one in the bowl and one (or three) for me”! I recommend making these biscuits a long time before you expect your kids to go to sleep… Give them time to burn off the sugar!

Ingredients (makes approx 40)

60g butter softened

1/3 cup caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 cup self raising flour

1/2 160 g packet mini M&M’s (I used about 2 packets to get enough green and yellow ones)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/180º fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper

2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla for 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add oil and flour. Using a wooden spoon stir to form a soft dough.

3. Using 1 level teaspoon of mixture at a time, roll into 40 balls. Place balls 3 cm apart on a prepared tray. Flatten slightly. Gently press 3 M&M’s onto each biscuit.

4. Bake 1 tray at a time for 10 minutes or until biscuits are light brown. Cool on trays and enjoy!

Skills your child will be developing during this experience:

  • sorting M&M’s helps develop classification and sorting skills – basic maths and science
  • measuring ingredients – basic maths skills
  • talk with your child about what is happening when the mixer beats the ingredients together and observe the change in consistency of the ingredients together- basic chemistry
  • rolling the mixture into balls – helps to develop fine motor skills which will aid pencil grip development, also helps hand eye co-ordintation
  • counting M&M’s – basic maths skills
  • putting M&M’ on the biscuits helps to develop fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordintation as well
  • the baking process will also help to develop patience – having to wait to be rewarded with eating the biscuits
  • not to mention all the discussions that you will be having throughout this experience which will be developing language skills

As I said before this recipe is not one you would file in the ‘nutritious’ category but it is important to teach children about ‘sometimes’ foods as well as healthier ones. Sometimes foods are obviously foods we only eat ‘sometimes’.

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