Christmas Chocolate Afghans

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Here is another easy recipe just in time for Christmas! Perfect for holiday baking with the children or you can give them as a gift for a loved one!

This recipe is from our guest blogger Kara Brown.   Kara is a knowledgeable and experienced baker, cake master, nanny, Mum and also pregnant with her second child. Kara will be sharing a recipe on the blog each month! Tried and tested recipes we highly recommend you to try with your children.

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Christmas Chocolate Afghans
Makes about 50
400g butter,at room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
4 cups cornflakes (I sometime do just 3 cups as its quite hard to roll into perfect balls)
To Ice (optional)
200g dark or white chocolate, broken into chunks.
1 bag of Jaffas
Green Sprinkles.
Preheat oven to 180.C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, stir in flour and cocoa, then mix in cornflakes with a wooden spoon, taking care not to crush them. Place tablespoonful of mixture onto prepared trays and flatten a little.
Bake until set (12-15 minutes). Allow to cool on a tray for 5 minutes then transfer on a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
To make the Christmas puddings melt chocolate and spread over the tops of the cooled cookies. Top with a Jaffa and green sprinkles.
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What learning is happening here?
  • When children help in the baking experience they develop: maths and science concepts with measuring, counting, stirring, mixing, change of substance, cause and effect.
  • Children develop hand eye co-ordination and small motor control as they are using spoons, cups and bowls to add ingredients and mix.
  • A sensory experience by smelling, touching the different textures and tasting the deliciousness.
  • Using real utensils
  • They are learning to follow instructions
  • Literacy: Using a list, reading ingredients, writing a shopping list,
  • Learning safety precautions – the oven is hot! 
  • Taking turns with other children
  • Children develop language skills as you talk about the ingredients and what you are doing together
  • promotes links to real life experiences and imitation. Have you ever noticed children imitating with there play food after they have been baking? 
  • It’s about the process not the product, they don’t have to look perfect. Lets hope they taste alright though haha. no really, get in my belly!
Check out the recipe for Gingerbread Cookie Recipe (Egg free) too!
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