This is actually the second time we have made these Ladybird Biscuits in a week as the first time I deleted all the photos by accident….and we ate them all. So we had no choice but to make them again! We’ve been finding so many ladybirds in the garden recently so we thought we’d have a go at making some ladybird biscuits and I’m so impressed with how they turned out.
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The below recipe is a very basic shortbread recipe that is by no means healthy but makes a very yummy treat (twice!). We use this recipe all the time so the Little Tots are experts in making the dough with me now and love to join in especially with the measuring, mixing and kneading.
For the biscuits
- 175g (6oz) Softened unsalted butter
- 250g (9oz) Plain flour
- 75g (2 1/2oz) Caster sugar
- 1/2 teas spoon of salt
For the topping
How to make Ladybird
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (350F/Gas 4).
2. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. I used an electric whisk for this so kept little hands safely away.
3. Add the flour and salt and mix together until well combined and the mixture forms into a firm dough.
4. Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface until smooth and roll the dough out to a thickness of 5mm (1/4 inch). Use a round cookie cutter to cut out as many biscuits as you can. We actually put half of the dough in the freezer the second time round so made about 10 out of what was left.
5. Arrange the shortbread on to a greased baking tray (we used a silicone one) and spread slightly apart and bake for around 20 minutes or until golden. Once ready leave to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
6. To make the icing I added a few drops of water and made a bowl of red and a bowl of black icing and mixed until they were a thick consistency to allow the Little Tots to be able to use it without running everywhere.
I decorated the first one and then let the 2 year old and 4 year old decorate the rest. I was so impressed with their decorating skills that I couldn’t tell which was mine when we put them all together!!
The black dots were really tricky for them so when my friend Leandra over at LarabeeUK tried these she used chocolate drops instead which looked much easier.
I think my favourite is this little one eyed ladybird.
Links to Learning:
- Maths – counting, weighing and measuring, talking about shapes
- Expressive Arts & Design – Enjoying sensory experiences
- Physical development – handling tools and picking up small objects.
- Communication & Language – Listening and following instructions
- Literacy – reading instructions, food packets.
More Ladybird fun:
If you’re little ones liked making these ladybird biscuits why not try these other ideas…
- Make some paper plate ladybirds
- Collect some stones to make these Ladybird Stones from Red Ted Art.
- Make some ladybird finger prints by using red paint and drawing on spots and eyes when they’re dry.
- Print this Ladybird Bingo or Ladybird Life Cycle from Twinkl
- Read ‘What the Ladybird Heard‘ by Julia Donaldson.