Disaster Saving Biscuits
40g golden caster sugar
135g plain flour
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
85g butter or margarine
Juice of half an orange
Cream together the fat and sugar. You don't need to go OTT with this but get the fat as soft as possible. If you're well prepared and you've got the butter out in advance it should be soft enough to let your child do this bit. Ooops.
Sift in the flour and cocoa powder (you already know the best way to do this) and mix with a fork until it starts to come together. Pour in the juice and mix a little more.
Now for the fun bit. Get your hands in and bring it all together until you have brown playdoh. If its still a bit wet and sticky at this stage throw in a bit more flour, too dry and add a touch more orange. You want something that looks like a big ball of soft yum rather than something that covers your hands in goo or breaks into little crumbs.
For under 2's get it to this stage and then hand it over for them to have some fun with rolling and cutting.
Flour your work surface (throw in a bit of cocoa if you care about white flour on chocolate biscuits - we don't so I didn't) and roll out your dough until its around 1/2 cm or there abouts. Cut out whatever shape you want
Add the shapes to a tray covered in greaseproof paper. They can be reasonably close together because they aren't really going to increase in size. Bake for around 10 minutes and allow to cool on the tray for around 10 minutes.
Once cooled, decorate in any way you wish. We went with orange icing (3 tbsp icing sugar mixed in with a few squeezes of orange juice to make a thick paste), assorted sprinkles, mini fudge pieces and fresh strawberry slices. These would be lovely made in to a sandwich with a chocolate filling.
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