All of a sudden the trees are giving us a second spring here in the UK. With reds, oranges, yellows, purples, browns, and pinks as autumn arrives in a colourful burst across the countryside. It’s my favourite time of the year for baking and cooking (well from now through to spring that is). There is something warming, cozy about taking the ingredients out of the cupboards and mixing up a treat or a meal from scratch. So this soft and lightly spiced Cinnamon Cookie Recipe is ideal for early autumn especially if you can grab hold of a leaf cookie cutter like we have. It’s also a great activity and snack for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids theme of Leaves and the reading of Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert.
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This week the Virtual Book Club for Kids theme is Leaves and we’re featuring a classic Leaf book by Lois Ehlert Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. Along with Leaf Man by the same author, they are two of my favorite books for this time of year.
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This recipe is one of the easiest cookie recpies I know and one of the benefits of making it with the kids is that you can prepare the dough put in the fridge or freezer and then pull out to make snacks as and when you are ready to. A perfect way to have fresh cookies throughout the week when you can make the dough with the kids at the weekend.
4oz Plain Flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 oz Unsalted (sweet) butter diced
4 oz Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Whilst these cookies cook and cool why not try some writing practice with real leaves.
- In a bowl mix together the flour, salt and cinnamon put aside to add to the wet ingredients later
- Using an electric mixer as it’s easier for the kids beat the butter until soft.
- Add in the sugar and continue beating until fluffy
- In a jug mix together the egg and vanilla extract
- Now gradually add to the butter and sugar mix – I love the fact that my mixer has a splash guard it makes it a lot messier to cook with kids when parts of the recipe call for this
- When combined add in the dry ingredients and mix together to form a soft dough
- Split into 2 pieces and wrap in foil
- Place in the freeze until the dough is firm
- Take out and roll the dough then using a leaf cutter cut out the shapes
- Place in a preheated oven at 190C for 10 minutes until Lightly coloured
- Leave to cool and enjoy
More Leaf themed activities for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids
Looking for more inspiration for Leaf Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers then check out this week’s hosts and co-hosts activities connecting and creating with books.
Cinnamon spiced autumn leaf cookies – You are Here!
Salt Painting – Artsy Momma
Lines and Watercolor Fall Leaves – Views From a Step Stool
Easy recipe to cook with kids - perfect for autumn baking with lightly spiced flavour this cookie dough can be made ahead of time and baked when wanted.
- 4 oz Plain Flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 oz Unsalted sweet butter diced
- 4 oz Caster Sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a bowl mix together the flour, salt and cinnamon put aside to add to the wet ingredients later
Using an electric mixer beat the butter until soft.
Add in the sugar and continue beating until fluffy
In a jug mix together the egg and vanilla extract
Now gradually add to the butter and sugar mix
When combined add in the dry ingredients and mix together to form a soft dough
Split into 2 pieces and wrap in foil
Place in the freeze until the dough is firm
Preheat the Oven to 190C
Take out and roll the dough then using a leaf cutter cut out the shapes
Cook for 10 minutes until lightly brown
Leave to cool and enjoy