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Lemon Polenta Cookies – fantastic to bake with toddlers 
Happy Mothers Day to all those busy mums out there. I never knew how demanding being a mum could be until I had my own son. I often feel like a bungy cord, being stretched and pulled BUT thankfully always bouncing back!
My son loves to bake – hes only 3 but clearly sees me in the kitchen and wants a piece of the action. Usually its a messy affair and the results are not the usual adult standard, however these crunchy cookies worked out perfectly. The great thing about them is, its a dough and you can give the littlie some to play with and hopefully it will keep him busy whilst you make the “real” nicely shaped cookies that are thin and crunchy unlike your child’s chunky creation.
Adding polenta and zesty lemon make them adult friendly too, as does the lemon drizzle icing. No food colouring, not too much of a sugar rush and thin enough to eat a few and not feel like you have pigged out.
Dads, give it ago and treat her this Sunday!
Top tip – make sure the clean up is spot on!
Lemon polenta cookies – the pics in the background are of our own mum having fun with the girls – your the best mum!  
lemon Polenta Cookies
What you need
125g butter softened
1/2 cup of Sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Lemon zest from one large lemon
3/4 cup Polenta
1 1/4 cup Flour
How to make
Pre heat oven to 160 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar until pale.
Add egg yolks, zest and vanilla and mix in to the creamed mixture.
Add the polentas and flour and mix until you have a dough like consistency.
Now, this is when you give your littlie some dough and let them play with it!
In the meantime you “quickly” start to roll out the dough about 1/2 cm thick and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
You will probably need to add more flour so the cookies don’t stick to the bench.
Place on the baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until pale.
You can either ice them with lemon icing or dust them with icing sugar.
Lemon Polenta Cookies  – for mum
Posted on: May 7th, 2011 by Vanessa and Ingrid No Comments


I have been cooking with Jake lately as he has shown an interest in wanting to, loves eating and is very keen to help. The first experiment was a packet cupcake mix for kids. Although it comes with all the guff – cases, sprinkles, mixture and even icing sugar – it really didn’t do it for me! It was easy but made hardly any baby cupcakes and was a vivid pink colour! I guess Jake loved it as its his favourite colour at the moment however thinking of the colouring really puts me off…
Experiment two, I decided to make cookies with what I had in the cupboard.
Coconut and Orange Cookies
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
125g soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons coconut
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons grated lemon or orange rind
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
Cream butter and sugar until pale.
Add lightly whisked egg, golden syrup, vanilla, orange rind and coconut.
Lightly mix the flour in.
With floured hands, make small balls and place onto baking paper.
Squash down with a floured fork.
Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes until pale.
They will crisp up when cold but still taste delicious warm if you cant wait.
Posted on: October 12th, 2010 by Vanessa and Ingrid 1 Comment