Make the perfect foodie gift this Christmas for family and friends. Gather the kids around the table, give them each a bowl and some ingredients and help them to create these classic sweets.
Whilst the peppermint shapes are setting, get crafty and let your little ones decorate gift boxes or bags ready to present the peppermint creams in.
These delicious sweets are perfect for sharing.... if they ever get past the kitchen door!
Preparation time: 30 Minutes
Setting time: 240 Minutes
Nutrition per average shape: 50 cals, 0g fat, of which 0g saturated fat, 13g added sugar, 0g salt
You will need
1x 500g pack royal icing sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
Few drops of peppermint flavouring
Few drops of red, pink or any food colouring of your choice
Sainsbury’s Christmas cake decorating kit
1. Line a baking sheet with a length of baking parchment. Tip the icing sugar into a large bowl. Meanwhile, measure out 4 tablespoons of cold water and add it to the mixing bowl along with a few drops of the peppermint flavouring.
2. Mix together with a wooden spoon, and then with your hands, until you’re left with a firm, smooth mixture. Break the mixture in half. (Kids can really help with this step of the recipe).
3. Add a little red food colouring to one piece and leave the other one white (or you might like to make a different colour, such as green).
4. Dust a little icing sugar over your work surface, then knead each, until the colour is even. Sprinkle some more icing sugar over a rolling pin then roll each piece out until they are a little thicker than a pound coin. (Help the kids to roll the mixture out).
5. Cut out as many shapes as you can using small Christmas-themed biscuit cutters. Lift the shapes off the work surface using a spatula or palette knife, and move
them to the baking sheet.( Help the kids to stamp out the shapes).
6. Decorate with icing and sweets from the Sainsbury’s cake decorating kit. Leave to dry for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Cooks's tip: Always have an adult to help young cooks in the kitchen.
Try this twist
Try making star shaped sweets. When they have set, melt a little chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the children to carefully brush the chocolate over the sweet stars. Leave to set on a wire rack.