It is day 12 out of 22 Christmas activities for your 2 year old. I hope you have been enjoying this as much as we have. I know my toddler is loving the variety of activities that Christmas brings (me too!).
Today's activity has been to make Nativity shortbread using coloured sugar. If you haven't made coloured sugar check out my DIY coloured sugar page. It really is very simple- I don't know why I've never tried it before. The cookie cutter set we used (pictured at left) I purchased from Koorong. I think it cost me about $15- worth it as you can use them as cookie cutters or playdough cutters for years and years! The pack comes with a Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, Manger, Angel, Heart, Star, Camel, Donkey, Sheep, Shepard and a Wiseman.
I followed a basic shortbread recipe (from my Women's Weekly Biscuit Cookbook):
250g soft butter
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1. Preheat oven to 160c
2. Beat butter & sugar until light and fluffy; then stir in water and sifted flours, in two batches.
3. Knead mixture and roll out
4. Use cutters to make biscuits and then sprinkle with coloured sugar.
And then... ta-da!
I doubled the recipe and am planning on wrapping these up and giving them as little Christmas gifts to our neighbours. Yum!