Oh I am glad I cooked a batch of biscuits in advance and that I changed the recipe so that the kids would like it.
I made a basic biscuit recipe.
1/2 cup Caster sugar - butter and sugar were creamed by beating with a hand held mixer
1 egg - added to mixture and beaten well
2 cups Self Raising Flour + 1/2 teaspoon each of Cinnamon, Mixed Spice & ground Ginger sifted together and then added to the other ingredients until the dough is stiff.
(We used extra flour on the board, rolling pin and cutters.)
The girls said the texture was just like play dough so they were able to knead and roll it without any problems. Also the biscuits were not overpowering in taste. In fact just right to eat. The traditional ginger bread recipe is sticky and hard to handle even for an adult.
We started by making the icing. 1 egg white, beaten to stiff peaks and then add 1 cup of sifted icing sugar. Seeing the egg white go from clear to thick white produced lots of OH's. I then divided it into 3 dishes for light pink, dark pink and green. Making the green from blue and yellow was very exciting as was getting red dye all over their fingers. We then decorated the cooked biscuits while the oven heated up.
We then started rolling and cutting the biscuit mixture. We started small and then ended with big biscuits with their initials and some for Mummy and Daddy.
As the girls are only 3 and 4 years of age I was surprised that they didn't lose interest. We were making and decorating biscuits for a good 3 hours.
It was a busy but wonderful way to spend the day with the girls. Of course quite a few of the biscuits were eaten straight away and I'm not sure if the last batch will be decorated .