Teach your young academic about counting and clocks with a tasty treat! Part lesson, part recipe, these yummy cookies are a delicious way to talk about Roman numerals, telling time and using measurements.
What You Need:
- ½ pound butter, softened
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ cup sugar
- Food processor
- Non-stick cookie sheet
- Colored sugar crystals
- Roman numerals worksheet
What You Do:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- While the oven heats, show your young helper the worksheet about Roman Numerals.
- Help your child place the butter, flour, sugar and corn starch in the bowl of the food processor.
- Let him pulse the food processor until the mixture is well blended. It will look crumbly unlike bread dough which forms into a ball.
- Dump the mixture out on the baking stone or cookie sheet.
- Encourage your child to pat it into a large circle approximately 3/4 inch thick.
- Now use the fork to prick the Roman Numerals into the dough. Shortbread is traditionally pricked with a fork before baking; this time it is simply being done in a set pattern. Don’t forget to add the hands on the clock.
- Let your child sprinkle colored sugar into the holes left by the fork.
- Bake the shortbread in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until it begins to lightly brown around the edges.
- Once cooled, shortbread can be cut or simply broken apart to be shared with family and friends who have gathered together to celebrate the luck of a New Year.