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Need some baking inspiration to keep the kids busy?

The following recipes are so easy to follow, that even the most novice of bakers won’t mess them up.

Plus, there’s no knives or sharp objects required, so they’re completely safe for little ones to make along with you.

Stress Free Biscuits

Your kids will love designing these biscuits, and the best bit is you can make them in whatever way you like. No cutter? Get creative and roll out your own shapes. No ingredients? Use a pack of pre-made plain biscuits and get decorating.


• 200g unsalted butter or margarine
• 200g golden caster sugar
• 1 medium-large egg
• ½ tsp vanilla essence or paste
• 400g plain flour


1. If making your biscuits, preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6.
2. Put the butter or margarine in a bowl and beat until creamy. Then add the sugar, egg and vanilla and finally the flour.
3.Separate the dough into 5/6 pieces and roll it out on to a floured surface, so it becomes about 1/2 cm thick.
4. Cut or create your shapes, peel away the left-over dough, re-roll and repeat.
5. Pop your shapes on to a pre-lined baking tray and bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until golden.
6. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes and then ice the biscuits using whatever decorations you choose.

Easy peasy peanut butter cookies

Using only five ingredients, these delicious peanut butter cookies can be made in 30mins.


• 225g peanut butter
• 100g golden caster sugar
• 1 free-range egg
• 1 tsp vanilla essence or paste
• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


1. Line a tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.
2. Beat the sugar and peanut butter together.
3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
4. Roll out the dough into approx. 12 tiny balls, popping them on the tray with space between them.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.
6. Leave to cool, and then munch away.

Oh-so simple cereal cakes

The great thing about this recipe is you don’t really need scales, and it works with so many cereals, including Rice Crispies, Cornflakes and even Shredded Wheat.


• 100g Milk or White Chocolate (or both!)
• 40g of cereal


1. Place your preferred cereal in a big bowl. If using Shredded Wheat, then break it up with your hands to create lots of stringy bits.
2. Snap the chocolate into pieces and pop it in a large heatproof bowl, then microwave in short bursts (10-15 seconds). Take it out each time, stir and then microwave again until fully melted.
*You can melt it in a bowl over a pan, but we find the microwave method much safer to do with kids.
3. Transfer the cereal into the chocolate bowl (or vice versa) and gently mix until your cereal is completely coated in chocolate.
*Add more cereal or chocolate to reach your desired consistency.
4. Finally divide the mixture into roughly 12 cases and leave to cool for approx. 1hr. Or fasten up the process and pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Straightforward banana bites

Dangerously easy to make – you can whip these bars up in a matter of minutes.


• ½ banana
• 4 tbsp of fine milled oats or baby oats
• 1-2 tbsp of desiccated coconut or raisins
• 1 tsp of warmed coconut oil


1. Preheat your oven to 180c/ 160 fan /Gas Mark 4
2. Mash the banana in a bowl and then mix it with the oats, coconut or raisins.
3. Shape the mixture into bars, squares or circles.
4. Place on a pre-lined baking tray and cook for 10-15 minutes.
5. Allow to cool and then eat away.

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