If you’re looking for a simple cooking activity, here’s a quick Christmas cookies recipe (but not only for Christmas) 😋
Cooking is surely one of the activities most loved by children. It is a sensory and creative activity that stimulates both their independence and their need to feel useful. It also helps develop concentration and fine motor skills refinement. Furthermore these activities help the child to become independent, increasing their sense of self and their autonomy.
It can be considered a kind of Practical Life activity, which was so dear to Maria Montessori. By doing household chores at home, children can work with their own hands, just like adults do. What joy they will get from being able to do growns-up things!
There is no right age to start getting your children involved with cooking. From an early age, they love handling ingredients, kneading dough, and moving ingredients from one container to another. They don’t have to carry out the steps perfectly to follow a recipe. They need only be involved in the process and, above all, have fun. So full steam ahead for the cook hidden in each small child!
I wanted to provide any Italian friends out there with a link to the blog where I got the recipe. It’s really simple to make and your children will adore preparing these Christmas biscuits with you!
Follow this recipe for a festive Christmas cookies.
250g of 00 flour
125g of butter
100g of sugar
8g of powdered yeast for baked goods (1/2 packet)
1 lemon zest
1 pinch of salt
To decorate the cake
Sprinkles, as necessary
Put the flour in a bowl.
Cut the butter (still cold from the refrigerator) into small pieces with a knife and add it to the bowl.
Mix the flour and the butter with your fingers, until they are completely combined. You should now have a breadcrumb texture.
Add a pinch of salt, followed by the yeast, sugar, lemon zest, and egg.
Begin mixing everything with a spoon, and then continue doing so with your hand.
Pour the dough onto a pastry board and continue working it until smooth.
Shape it into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
When the time is over, take the dough and divide it into two parts.
Flatten it with a rolling pin, forming a sheet of about ½ centimetre.
Use your favourite Christmas cookie cutters to form the biscuits.