Oat and Raisin Cookies

Today I baked with some of our Pre-school children.  In nursery it’s great to use baking as part of learning as well as having lots of fun at the same time.

We decided to make some Oat and Raisin biscuits. I prepared all of the ingredients in the Kitchen and headed into Pre-school. Kim had 5 helpers ready for me; Harry, Eva-Mae, Molly, Matthew and Frankie.

I started the activity by showing the children the equipment and ingredients we would be using to see if they could identify any of them. Harry surprised me by identifying the sieve without any hesitation.

While we were looking at the equipment and ingredients we were able to talk about respecting each other by sharing the resources and tasks, and listening to what each other had to say. The children helped me to measure out the ingredients and we mixed them all together in the mixing bowls. We helped each to count how many times we had stirred the mixture.
coking with sam 1 old

cooking with sam2 old

When it came to rolling and pressing the dough into shape we spoke about what the mixture looked like as we were mixing it. Matthew said ‘It looks like Playdough,’ and Frankie commented ‘It feels funny in between my fingers.’

We talked about how we needed to cook them and the children knew that I would have to take them to the Kitchen and because the oven was very hot they wouldn’t be able to put them in themselves.
The children showed very good communication skills, listening to each other as we carried out the activity and talking about what we were doing.

The outcome….five happy children and 48 very yummy biscuits.

If you would like to make these with your children at home here is the list of ingredients and equipment you will need along with the method for making them.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Ingredients:
170g Margarine
115g Caster Sugar
225g Self-Raising Flour
57g Rolled Oats
100g Raisins

Equipment:
Sieve
Mixing Bowls
Scales
Baking Trays
Wooden Spoons

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5/180 degrees
  2. Grease baking trays
  3. Cream margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy
  4. Sieve self-raisin flour into the mixture and add 10g of the rolled oats and all of the raisins
  5. Knead the mixture together and then roll into small balls
  6. Roll the small balls into the remaining oats and press down onto the baking tray, making the cookie shape
  7. Bake in the oven for about 10-15mins, until golden brown

Written by Sam Hankey, Nursery Chef

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