I love baking and my kids love baking.
I don’t however always love baking with the kids. Often it can be stressful, messy and chaotic.
But it CAN be enjoyable. What you need is some fool proof easy recipes and you’ll be ready for anything. Well, most things.
I go for recipes that are straightforward and that requires some kind of decorating part later. Kids are particularly ace at this part!
(Unless you’re a perfectionist like me and do find it mildly stressful too. You learn to breathe through it.)
I recently found this recipe in a Swedish magazine and it’s a winner. It’s definitely fool proof and your cookies will always turn out well! Your kids will love making these too, adding the jam and whatnot.
So as part of my Swedish, easy to make, kid friendly recipes, I’m going to kick things off with Syltgrottor (I hear they’re similar to Thumbprint cookies? Can anyone confirm?) .
Syltgrottor are a mixture between a shortbread and a Viennese type biscuit.
This recipe is a winner, and has never let me down.
***The key here is to not overwork the dough and chilling the dough before baking***
• 4 1/2 dl flour
• 1 dl caster sugar
• 1 tsp bakingpowder
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 200 g butter (room temp)
For the filling:
Your favourite type of jam. Recently we used Cloudberry and Wild Strawberry jam.
Turn your oven to 200°C. (180c if fan assisted)
Cream your butter and sugar. Once creamed, add your vanilla extract. Mix your dry ingredients in separate bowl.
Now quickly mix the ingredients until it all just comes together. (Don’t overwork the mixture!)
Let your dough rest in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into a cylinder and then pinch off and roll each small piece, (about the size of a walnut), into small balls.
Now place the gently into fairy cake tins. Make a hole in the cookie using your thumb and add your jam. Pop into your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
Take the cookies out and let them cool on a cooling rack.