I thought I would share these oh so simple strawberry creams as they are perfect to make when you have a really sweet tooth AND are so easy to make with toddlers too. We made these on the spur of the moment today following a mammoth play dough session, most of which my daughter spent making heart shaped biscuits to bake in her toy oven. When I asked if she would like like to make some real strawberry sweets, I think I got the fastest EVER response from both children – “Yes!” (No time to add please!).
The great thing with these is that little ones can join in with the whole recipe, though I sadly didn’t get any pictures of mine making these as I only decided to post this when I searched on Pinterest and didn’t find a pin on these already (crazy I know).
So, to make these you will need:
25g melted butter
225g icing sugar (confectioners)
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon strawberry essence (I use silver spoon)
A little red food colouring
This is so simple you can simply sift the icing sugar (I don’t even bother to sift!) into a bowl with all the other ingredients. Add colouring a little at a time and mix until you get a ball that you can then knead to spread the colouring evenly and to smooth it out. The children love to see the colour emerge and the smell of the strawberry. If it won’t ball up, add a little extra milk, if it is too sticky add extra sugar.
Now all you (or your little helpers) need to do is roll out onto a board dusted with icing sugar (so it doesn’t stick), grab your cutter (mine used play dough cutters- which we thoroughly cleaned first) and place your hearts onto a bit of grease proof paper or tin foil on a board in the fridge for 20 mins to cool and harden. You can see these aren’t perfect versions… they really ARE child made, but if you take a little time yourself they can look very pretty.
Finally, remove from fridge, pass to your child, and watch them devour in one go. Beware, these are sugartastic fun fun fun but, hey, you are only a child once (and I like to relive my favourite childhood memories myself once the little ones are in bed)!
If you have followed carefully you’ll have noticed these are spookily similar to peppermint creams! You can be as creative as you like, change the flavour (vanilla, coffee, orange…) change your shapes (ghosts, snowflakes, dinosaurs). Let your children have fun with them. We made some of these last valentines for Big Boo to take to pre school. I’d love to see some of your own creations if you make some – let me know If you do.