Festive cooking with children!

The festive season is all about spending time with family and friends. Try to get the children involved in cooking / preparing food as they will feel included and you can start some Christmas food traditions of your own!

Christmas Tree Cheesy biscuits


My 2 daughters and I recently made these biscuits together as they are super easy to make. I got the recipe from a Christmas Cooking recipe book for children I bought a few years ago (Usborne Activities Christmas Cooking).

It is a great recipe to make on one of the cold days during the Christmas holidays. The girls loved getting their hands messy and rolling out the dough. We used Christmas tree shapes but you can use stars, hearts or any other shape you like!


150g self-raising flour (I used 120g SR flour + 30g wholemeal SR flour)

½ tsp salt

75g soft margarine

75g cheese, finely grated

1 egg

1 tbsp milk

Greased baking sheet

Tree-shaped, star-shaped or heart-shaped cutters

Heat the oven to 2000C, 4000F or gas mark 6 before you start.


  1. Sift the flour and salt, then add the butter/margarine and rub it with your fingers to make fine crumbs.
  2. Leave a tablespoon of the grated cheese on a saucer. Add the rest of the cheese to the bowl and stir in.
  3. Put a tablespoon of the beaten egg and milk into a cup. Mix the rest into the flour to make dough.
  4. Sprinkle flour onto a clean work surface. Roll out the dough, until it is about ½ cm thick.
  5. Use your chosen shape cutter (we used Christmas trees). Make the scraps into a ball and roll out again.
  6. Cut out more Christmas trees. Brush the trees with the rest of the egg mixture and sprinkle them with the rest of the cheese.
  7. Put the trees onto the greased baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Delicious served on their own or with some home-made soup…enjoy!


Paula x 



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