Last week Pebble and I got into the holiday spirit by making some deliciously sweet Christmas Crunchies. This week we made savoury Christmas stars. Pebble made them ALL by herself. Well, she made one batch all by herself. She rubbed the flour into the butter, mixed and rolled the dough, then cut out and egg washed her shapes. This recipe is perfect for the littlest helpers to get hands on.
Cheesy Christmas Stars
To make approx 25 stars, you will need:
- 150g (6oz) self raising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 75g (3oz) butter or margerine
- 75g (3oz) cheese, finely grated
- 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk, beaten together
- a star shaped cookie cutter
- a baking sheet, wiped with oil, or lined with baking paper
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400F/gas mark 6) before you start.
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the butter or margarine and rub into the flour with your finger tips to make fine crumbs. At this stage I put a little of my flour, salt and butter into a second bowl for Pebble – not measuring! She rubbed in her own flour and butter. Older children could make the whole batch themselves, but I played it safe as Pebble hadn’t made this before.
Leave one tablespoon of grated cheese aside, and add the rest of the cheese to the bowl of flour and butter (and a little into your toddler’s bowl too).
Save about 1 tablespoon of the egg/milk mixture aside and mix the rest into your flour to make a dough (and splash a little into your toddlers bowl too).
Dust a rolling pin and clean work surface with flour. Roll out the dough until it is slightly thinner than your finger.
Use the star cutter to cut out star shapes. Make the scraps into a ball and roll them out, then continue cutting out stars and re-rolling until you have used up all the dough.
Place the stars on the baking sheet and brush with the remaining egg/milk mixture, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake in the oven for eight to ten minutes, or until they are golden.
These make a lovely lunch box snack or nibble for morning tea.