With so many hours in the day to fill and limited activity ideas to keep the little ones entertained, the resounding emotion felt by exhausted mums and dads across the globe is… overwhelmed! Well we’ve put together a few quick and easy snack recipes your teeny chefs can get busy making a mess with. Whisked up with love and served to one special chosen member of the family at a time, these enjoyable recipes are all about giving back and will surely brighten up another Blue January day!


Easy Choc Chip Cookies

What You’ll Need:

120g butter, softened
5g light brown sugar
75g golden caster sugar
1 medium egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g dark chocolate, cut into chunks


How To Make Them:

Step 1

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment. Cream the butter and sugars together until very light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the flour, bicarb, chocolate and ¼ tsp salt.


Step 2

Scoop 10 large tbsps of the mixture onto the trays, leaving enough space between each to allow for spreading. Bake for 10-12 mins or until firm at the edges but still soft in the middle – they will harden a little as they cool. Leave to cool on the tray for a few mins before eating warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Will keep for three days in an airtight container.


Turtle Sandwiches

9 Ingredients:

Turkey breast or plant alternative
Baby pickles or fresh cucumber
Black olives cut in half
White or whole wheat bread
Emmental cheese
Parsley for garnish


Fluffy Pancakes

What You’ll Need:

8 slices pancetta or plant alternative, to serve (optional)
Sunflower oil and butter, for cooking
Blueberries, to serve (optional)

For the pancakes:
300g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 medium eggs
1 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra to serve
300ml milk


How To Make Them:

Step 1

If serving with pancetta, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and lay on the pancetta in a single layer. Put another piece of parchment on top, followed by a second baking tray, and bake for 12-15 mins until crisp.


Step 2

To make the pancakes, get a little helper to weigh out and tip the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl with a small pinch of salt. Crack in the eggs and whisk until smooth. Add the maple syrup and milk while whisking.


Step 3

Heat a splash of oil and a small knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan until sizzling. Add spoonfuls of batter to make pancakes the size you like, we made 20cm pancakes for a serving size of one per person, or if you are very hungry, two per person. Cook until bubbles start to form on the surface, then flip and cook the other side. Eat straight away or keep warm in a low oven while you cook another batch. Serve pancakes with pancetta or blueberries, drizzled with extra maple syrup.


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