baking with kids

sweet saturday #14 - sablés aux amandes et coco

What do you do when the fridge and the cupboards are almost empty, no eggs, no milk, no chocolate, just some butter, basic baking ingredients and a rest of grated almonds and coconut and your kid wants to make a cake?

You tell him that you'll make wonderful sablés aux amandes et coco instead.


125 gr butter

zest of an organic lemon

80 gr sugar

1 package of vanilla sugar

30 gr grated almonds

20 gr grated coconut

125 gr flour


1. Cut the soft butter into pieces in a bowl. If you forgot to take the butter out of the fridge and it is still cold, grate the butter in a bowl. Yeap, that's right, no joke. This is an amazing trick i picked up on the web. Instead of letting your butter soften to room temperature before using it, you can just grate the cold butter into a bowl, same effect.

2. Add the lemon zest, the vanilla sugar and the sugar and beat with an electric mixer till the consistency is fluffy.

3. In an other bowl, mix the almonds, the coconut and the flour.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and mix with the electric mixer till you get a chunky texture. 

5. Cover with a plastic foil and put in the fridge for 30 minutes at least. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.

6. Take the dough out of the fridge, make little sausages of dough with your hands. and place them with a pace of 2 cm from each other on a baking paper covered oven sheet. They will "melt" with the heat of the oven to become flat, so they need a bit of space in order for them not to stick to each other.

7. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes until they start to get a bit golden on the edges. Take the cookies out and let cool down a little. They taste wonderful when still warm, together with some walnut ice cream.

Sweet Saturday #13 - 3x3 (3 cookies recipes from 3 ingredients)

Baking with kids can be quite stressful when too many ingredients are involved and the processes are too complicated. This is why i love 3 ingredient cookies. They are usually simple to do, fast and since the ingredients are pretty basic, don't require an extra walk to the grocery store.

Here comes our TOP 3 favorite list of cookies made from 3 ingredients:

  1. Shortbread butter cookies
  2. Peanut butter cookies
  3. Coconut mountain cookies

Let's start with our favorite, the shortbread butter cookies. These are not exactly healthy, but you will say "who cares?" once you tasted them. I found the recipe on Eugenie Kitchen, a crazy/amazing korean baking site - the girl even has rainbow heart cookies! (i am dying to try and make them but will probably fail gloriously...)you should visit her site if you are into advanced baking. Anyways, here is how they go: 

1. Shortbread butter cookies (from Eugenie Kitchen):


225gr salted butter at room temperature

125gr powdered sugar

340gr white flour



  1. Sift the flour and set aside
  2. Cut the butter  in pieces and put it in a bowl and whisk, till everything has a creamy consistency
  3. Sift in the same bowl the powdered sugar and mix until it is very fluffy and homogeneously combined.
  4. Add in sifted flour all at once and fold to combine. Once the dough looks like sand, put it on the table and just knead it once with your hands, don't do it for too long, your shortbread will be more tender if you knead it less. Then form a ball, flatten it a little, wrap it in plastic foil and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius. Put the ball on a baking paper on the table. With the palm of your hand, flatten it quickly.  Then flatten it a bit more with a rolling pin. Your dough should be about 1.5 cm height. Work on the edges to get a round shape (i just cut some bits off where there was too much and placed them where i saw wholes). Then take a big knife or a pastry scraper and cut the cercle in lines of about 2 cm width. Flip the paper 90 degrees and cut  the cercle in lines again to get out wedges of about 6cm length each. Pick each of the wedges 4 times with a fork like in the picture. You don't have to seperate the wedges one from another. Small tip for baking with kids: Instead of cutting it in wedges, you can also just give the pastry scraper to you kid and tell him/her to cut pieces. I did that with alva and he had so much fun. His cookies looked asymmetrical, like designer masterpieces.
  6. Put the cookies in the over and bake them for 45 minutes. Cut the cookies again just when they come out of the oven and let them cool down completely on the pan.


2. Peanut butter cookies

Probably the most classic 3 ingredients cookie. They are great because you can totally adapt it, according to what is available in your fridge. If no peanut butter is in the house, you can replace it by tehina. You can also replace the white sugar with brown sugar and i bet you can make them vegan (have to say I never tried but please leave a comment below if you know how to do it). Oh, and they are gluten free.


250gr. peanut butter (make sure you take 100% peanut butter. You can find it in nature stores)

200gr. sugar

1 egg



  1. Preaheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, sugar and egg in a bowl until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Layer a pan with baking paper and make little balls from the dough. Place them about 7 cm apart from each other on the baking paper.
  4. With the back of a fork, flatten the balls
  5. Put in the over for 8 minutes, till they are golden.


3. Coconut mountain cookies

A classic cookie from my grand-mother and my mother who are doing the cocos mountain cookies as part of the 20 other types of christmas cookies they are preparing. I think december is not the ideal month for these cookies, since they taste best when combined with fresh strawberries. They are a bit more complicated and quite messy to prepare compared to the other 2 recipes above. It is definitely something that is better suitable for bigger kids.


175 gr. sugar

2 eggs

240 gr. grated coconut



  1. Mix the sugar and eggs in a bowl till the mixture is fluffy
  2. Add the grated coconut and mix together. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees clesius
  4. Layer a pan with baking paper. Form little mountains of dough in the palm of your hand and place them about 3 cm from each other on the backing paper.
  5. Put the cookies in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Don't let them get brown!