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This week I’ve teamed up with Num Noms, who challenged me to create a fun Num Noms themed cupcakes recipe.

My kids love their Num Noms, and have quite a collection of them now! They are really cute food themed collectibles which can be mixed and matched to create some really wacky flavour combinations. They’re scented too, and smell delicious, which adds to the food themed fun! 

I used brand new Sparkle Smoothies Num Noms for inspiration when creating my Num Noms cupcakes. These newest additions to the Num Noms range come in a smoothie cup shape with a scented Num topping. If you unscrew the straw top you’ll find all new scented, sparkly liquid lip gloss with a wand applicator.

The Sparkle Smoothies Num Noms come in a wide range of colours so I chose to make the cupcakes in a mix of rainbow colours.

To keep things simple I created the Num topping of the cupcakes from buttercream with fondant features. They are super simple to make and easy to customise so you can easily recreate any of your favourite Num Nom characters in yummy cupcake form!

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Num Noms Themed Cupcakes

Ingredients (makes 12): 

For the vanilla cupcakes:

  • 175g softened butter 
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 2 Tbsp milk 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • gel food colourings (I used blue, pink, yellow & green)

For the butter icing: 

  • 200g softened butter 
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk 
  • gel food colourings (I used red and pink)

To decorate: 

  • red, pink & black fondant icing
  • stripey paper straws
  • pink sprinkles
  • yellow writing icing
  • fresh mint leaves

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas mark 4/350°F). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with 12 brightly coloured paper muffin cases.

Place the butter into a mixing bowl and whisk together with the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar mix, whisking in between.

Sift the flour on top, and using an electric whisk on a low speed, gently blend the ingredients together.  Add the milk and vanilla extract and blend again.  Increase the mixer speed and whisk for a few more seconds until well mixed.

Divide the cake mixture between 4 bowls and colour each with a different gel food colouring.

Divide the cake mixture between the cupcake cases and smooth over the tops. Bake for approx. 20 minutes until risen, golden and springy to the touch.

Once the cakes are cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Whilst the cakes are cooling, make the fondant features, ready to decorate the cakes.

To make the eyes, roll out the black fondant and cut out small circles with a mini cutter or the tip of a straw, then add two tiny rolled pieces of black fondant for the eyelashes to each ‘eye’

To make the ears, using an oval shaped cutter to cut ear shapes from the red and pink fondants.

Make some small spirals of pink fondant. 

Leave the fondant to try and set, then make the buttercream icing.

Whisk the butter with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar, a little at a time, until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. Add the milk in small splashes until the icing is at the correct consistency for piping.

Divide the butter icing between 3 bowls and colour one pink and one red with gel food colouring, leaving one third of the icing plain white.

Once the cakes are completely cool, decorate with swirls of butter icing and fondant features to turn them into Num Noms.

For Sprinkle Scoop

Pop the white butter icing in an icing bag with a large plain piping nozzle. 

Cover the top of a cupcake with a generous round swirl of white butter icing.

Add two pink fondant ears, then top with pink sprinkles.

Gently press in a mouth and two eyes. 

Cut approx. 2 cm off a stripe straw, and press it into the top of the cupcake at an angle to finish.

For Faith Frosting

Pop the pink butter icing in an icing bag with a large closed star piping nozzle. 

Cover the top of a cupcake with a generous swirl of pink butter icing.

Add two pink fondant ears. 

Press two mint leaves into the icing between the ears, then add a spiral of pink fondant beneath them.

Gently press in a mouth and two eyes. 

Cut approx. 2 cm off a stripe straw, and press it into the top of the cupcake at an angle to finish.

For Cherry Chill

Pop the red butter icing in an icing bag with a large plain piping nozzle. 

Cover the top of a cupcake with a generous round swirl of red butter icing.

Draw a spiral in the centre with the writing icing.

Add two red fondant ears, either side.

Gently press in a mouth and two eyes. 

Cut approx. 2 cm off a stripe straw, and press it into the top of the cupcake at an angle to finish.

Serve and enjoy!

Sparkle Smoothies Num Noms are available now and retail at £4.99 each.

For more information and updates on all of the Num Noms products, why not follow Num Noms on Twitter or Facebook or check out their website here.

Grace

Disclosure: This recipe, blog post and video was commissioned by Num Noms.  I received a selection of Num Nom products to try and was compensated for my time and the cost of ingredients, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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Easter is only a few days away and today I have a super simple fun Easter craft for you that would make a great last minute Easter project with the kids for the school holidays.

These cute Easter snack cups are fun to make and you can fill them with what ever food you like. You can keep them healthy as we did with fresh fruit and veggies, or mix in some yummy mini eggs or other Easter treats.

I used little cardboard muffin cups for this project and they were the perfect size to hold a small child-sized Easter snack. They’d be great for bunny themed party food, or just a fun snack to eat at home in the run-up to Easter.

Easter Bunny Mini Snack Cups

Supplies needed: 

  • 6 cardboard muffin cups
  • 12 googly eyes
  • glue
  • pink and black marker pens
  • 6 pipe cleaners
  • kitchen scissors
  • sticky tape

To serve: 

  • snack foods of your choice (I served grapes & cherry tomatoes)

Method: 

Gather your supplies. Separate the muffin cups. 

Glue two googly eyes to each muffin cup.

Using marker pens, draw on bunny faces.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half, then fold each half into a loop for the ears. 

Pop two pipe cleaner ears into each cup, securing them to the insides of the cups with a little sticky tape.

Fill the cups with snacks or treats of your choice.

Serve and enjoy! 

For more fun food and activity ideas for Easter like this one, check out the Fun Easter Food section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Easter Pinterest boards for lots more fun ideas from around the web; Healthy Easter Food and Easter.

Grace

Disclosure: This post contains some Amazon affiliate links; I may receive commission on items purchased through the links.

Easter Bunny Mini Snack Cups

How to make quick and easy Easter bunny snack cups – fun food tutorial. This cute idea makes a great Easter craft and fun bunny themed food idea for kids!

Supplies needed:
  • 6 cardboard muffin cups
  • 12 googly eyes
  • glue
  • pink and black marker pens
  • 6 pipe cleaners
  • kitchen scissors
  • sticky tape
To serve:
  • snack foods of your choice (I served grapes & cherry tomatoes)
  1. Gather your supplies. Separate the muffin cups.
  2. Glue two googly eyes to each muffin cup.
  3. Using marker pens, draw on bunny faces.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner in half, then fold each half into a loop for the ears.
  5. Pop two pipe cleaner ears into each cup, securing them to the insides of the cups with a little sticky tape.
  6. Fill the cups with snacks or treats of your choice.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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I’m really excited to share today’s post – a fun movie themed lunch based on ‘Missing Link’, which arrives in cinemas here in the UK today! This lunch was commissioned by Lionsgate to celebrate the launch of the film, and I had a lot of fun creating it.

The film tells the story of Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman): a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to discover the world’s most legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.

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Enter Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis): the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast who Sir Lionel discovers. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Together they set out on a daring quest around the world to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La!

This lunch theme was quite a challenge to create (no bad thing, I love a challenge!), but I’m SO pleased with how my design for the Mr Link sandwich came out. My boys loved him too, so I had to make them one each. They didn’t last long once they’d admired them for a few seconds! 

If you’re taking the kids to the cinema over the Easter holidays, this is a fantastic film that they are sure to love. Why not have a go at making a Mr Link Sandwich together for a fun activity before or after the film?

Missing Link Themed Bento Lunch

Ingredients: 

For the Mr Link Sandwich:

  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • sandwich filling of your choice
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1 slice ham
  • pink & black food writer pens
  • 1 slice cheese
  • 1 Tbsp soft cream cheese
  • 2 edible candy eyes

On the side:

  • 6 sugar snap peas
  • 5 thick slices cucumber
  • small handful blueberries
  • 1 round slice honeydew melon
  • 4 mini cookies

Method:

First make the Mr Link Sandwich. Make up a sandwich with two slices of bread and a filling of your choice. 

Using a large round cookie cutter and a sharp knife (see my video for example), cut the sandwich into an oval shape. Place to one side.

Peel the carrot and discard the skin. Use the peeler to cut thin strips from the carrot. Cut the strips into lots of triangles, this will be for Mr Link’s hair.

Using two smaller round cookie cutters and sharp knife, cut a face shape from the ham. From the offcuts, cut a nose shape and a thin semi-circle for his brow.

Colour the nose piece with the food writer pens – pink around the outside and two black nostrils.

Using a mini round cutter, cut a thin semi-circle for his mouth.

Spread a layer of soft cream cheese over the top of the oval shaped sandwich. Arrange the carrot triangles on top, in layers all around the outside of the sandwich for the hair. 

Place the ham face piece on top of the carrot hair, then add the ham nose, brow, cheese mouth and two edible candy eyes to complete the face. 

Place the sandwich in the lunch box, then pack the sides of fruit and veggies.

For the vegetables, pack sugar snap peas and cucumber slices, cut into leaf shapes, to represent the jungle that Mr Link came from.

For the fruit, cut the melon into triangles and arrange in the lunch box along with the blueberries to represent the mountains that he travels to in the film. 

Finish the lunch with some mini cookies for a treat – they pop up throughout the film!

Enjoy! 

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more packed lunch inspiration, head over to the creative bento lunches section here on the Eats Amazing blog where you’ll find over 450 fun packed lunch ideas, enough to keep you going all the year around! You could also pop over and follow my lunch themed Pinterest boards for lots more fun and healthy lunch box ideas for kids; Kids Lunch Box Ideas & Packed Lunch Ideas.

Missing Link is in UK cinemas NOW – we can’t wait to see it!

Grace

Disclosure: This video and blog post was commissioned by Lionsgate in support of the cinema release of Missing Link.  I was compensated for my time and the cost of ingredients, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Missing Link Themed Bento Lunch

Cute Missing Link Themed Bento Lunch with Mr Link Sandwich. Why not have a go at making this fun movie themed lunch with your kids after taking them to see the film! 

For the Mr Link Sandwich:
  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • sandwich filling of your choice
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1 slice ham
  • pink & black food writer pens
  • 1 slice cheese
  • 1 Tbsp soft cream cheese
  • 2 edible candy eyes
On the side:
  • 6 sugar snap peas
  • 5 thick slices cucumber
  • small handful blueberries
  • 1 round slice honeydew melon
  • 4 mini cookies
  1. First make the Mr Link Sandwich. Make up a sandwich with two slices of bread and a filling of your choice.
  2. Using a large round cookie cutter and a sharp knife (see my video for example), cut the sandwich into an oval shape. Place to one side.
  3. Peel the carrot and discard the skin. Use the peeler to cut thin strips from the carrot. Cut the strips into lots of triangles, this will be for Mr Link’s hair.
  4. Using two smaller round cookie cutters and sharp knife, cut a face shape from the ham. From the offcuts, cut a nose shape and a thin semi-circle for his brow.
  5. Colour the nose piece with the food writer pens – pink around the outside and two black nostrils.
  6. Using a mini round cutter, cut a thin semi-circle for his mouth.
  7. Spread a layer of soft cream cheese over the top of the oval shaped sandwich. Arrange the carrot triangles on top, in layers all around the outside of the sandwich for the hair.
  8. Place the ham face piece on top of the carrot hair, then add the ham nose, brow, cheese mouth and two edible candy eyes to complete the face.
  9. Place the sandwich in the lunch box along with the fruit and vegetable sides.
  10. Pack sugar snap peas and cucumber slices, cut into leaf shapes, to represent the jungle that Mr Link came from.
  11. For the fruit, cut the melon into triangles and arrange in the lunch box along with the blueberries to represent the mountains that he travels to in the film.
  12. Finish the lunch with some mini cookies for a treat – they pop up throughout the film!

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As well as the cute Easter Chick themed lunchbox notes I shared here on the blog earlier today, I also have a fun Easter Bunny themed lunchbox note set for you too.

This cute set of Easter Bunny lunchbox notes has bunny rabbit themed jokes, bunny themed quotes and fun rabbit facts, all decorated with cute Easter Bunny illustrations.

This set of Easter themed free lunchbox notes is part a whole series of printable lunch notes series here on the blog – from unicorns to spacemensweet treats to a full animal alphabet, there are lots of different sets of lunch notes available for you to print and each set has a different theme. 

Every one of my lunch box notes sets is completely free to download. Using them is easy – just pick the set that you want to use, print it out, cut up the notes, then keep them in your kitchen so that they are ready for whenever you are next packing lunches.

Why not head over to our free lunch box notes page and pick out a selection of themed notes to print, so that you have a good supply of lunch notes ready for the next few weeks of packed lunches? You are of course very welcome to download as many as you like – you can print the whole collection if you want to!

To get your own copy of these fun Easter Bunny lunchbox notes, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

You’ll find all the rest of my lunch box note sets over on the Lunchbox Notes for Kids page – why not bookmark it so you can easily find it again?

I’ll be sharing lots more new sets of themed and seasonal lunchbox notes over this year, so don’t forget to come back regularly to see what is new!

I hope you and your kids enjoy our lunchbox notes sets. If there’s a particular theme, season or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list!

Grace

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The Easter holidays are fast approaching, so today I’m sharing two new free Easter themed lunchbox note sets to help you celebrate Easter with your children over the last few days of term.

The first set is this cute Easter Chick themed lunchbox note set, complete with chick and egg themed jokes, egg themed quotes and chicken themed fun facts, all decorated with cute chick and egg illustrations.

This set of free lunchbox notes is part our printable lunch notes series here on the blog – from unicorns to spacemensweet treats to a full animal alphabet, there are lots of different sets of lunch notes available for you to print and each set has a different theme. 

Every one of my lunch box notes sets is completely free to download. Using them is easy – just pick the set that you want to use, print it out, cut up the notes, then keep them in your kitchen so that they are ready for whenever you are next packing lunches.

Why not head over to our free lunch box notes page and pick out a selection of themed notes to print, so that you have a good supply of lunch notes ready for the next few weeks of packed lunches? You are of course very welcome to download as many as you like – you can print the whole collection if you want to!

To get your own copy of these fun Easter Chick lunchbox notes, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

You’ll find the rest of my lunch box note sets over on the Lunchbox Notes for Kids page – why not bookmark it so you can easily find it again?

I’ll be sharing lots more new sets of themed and seasonal lunchbox notes over this year, so don’t forget to come back regularly to see what is new!

I hope you and your kids enjoy our lunchbox notes sets. If there’s a particular theme, season or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list!

Grace

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Today I have a really yummy carrot & coriander oven baked fritters recipe to share with you. This recipe was originally created by Emily Leary, blogger at A Mummy Too, and is one of the recipes in her brilliant new book ‘Get Your Kids to Eat Anything‘, which was first published last week. 

Be sure to check out my recipe video so you can see just how easy these are to make! (click here to watch on YouTube if this video doesn’t load)

Easy Carrot & Coriander Fritters Recipe from the book 'Get Your Kids to Eat Anything' by Emily Leary - YouTube

These carrot fritters are oven baked, so they are healthy and extra easy to make – no frying required! I’d never made fritters before trying this recipe, so I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were and also how well they went down with my kids, they really were delicious!

They’d make a great side dish to sneak in some extra veggies, or a yummy vegetarian main for a light lunch. Their lovely soft texture makes them perfect for baby led weaning too – a perfect recipe for the whole family!

I was gifted an advance copy of Emily’s book so that I could try some of the recipes and I was so excited when it arrived! Emily is a truly lovely lady and extremely talented blogger. The recipes that she shares on her blog are beautiful, totally doable, delicious and most importantly child friendly, and those same qualities shine throughout her fantastic new book.

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything‘ isn’t just a recipe book, though it is packed with gorgeous recipes that the whole family will love. It details a 5-phase programme to help you change the way your kids think about food, along with many brilliant tips to help parents and children to overcome picky eating habits. 

I absolutely love Emily’s approach, so much of her philosophy on feeding kids chimes with my own. It’s all about taking a relaxed approach to feeding your kids, experimenting and finding fun and enjoyment in exploring new foods together.

I really love her idea of ‘putting the unfamiliar into the familiar’ too – adapting known and loved recipes with little tweaks to get kids used to trying new flavours without stepping out of their comfort zone too much, rather than making sweeping changes all at once. What a brilliant idea and definitely one to try if you have fussy eaters of your own at home!

I tried these yummy carrot & coriander fritters from the book and my 5 year old cooked-carrot hating boy munched them straight down. He even made a point of telling me how much he loved them without me even asking, what a result!

I can’t wait to try more of the recipes on him, I’m going to be trying lots of Emily’s tips from the book as well to see if I can change his mind about other veggies too!

Carrot & Coriander Oven Baked Fritters

Ingredients (makes 12): 

  • 250g carrots
  • 200g potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 40g plain flour
  • 1 garlic clove
  • handful fresh coriader leaves
  • olive oil (for greasing)
  • salt & pepper

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 220°C (Gas mark 7/425°F).  Oil 2 baking trays and place them in the oven until hot.

Scrub the carrots and potatoes, peel the onion, then grate them all. Finely chop the garlic.

Put the grated carrot, potato & onion in a clean tea towel. Twist and squeeze over  a bowl until no more liquid comes out. (Note: you can throw the liquid away, or decant it into a sealed container to use in a soup later)

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with the flour, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper to make a batter. Don’t worry if there are a few lumps!

Add the grated vegetables to the batter and mix well. A fork works well for this job – make sure you get right to the bottom of the bowl so that everything is evenly coated.

Roughly chop the coriander, add it to the bowl and mix well again.

Carefully remove the hot oiled baking trays from the oven. Use an ice cream scoop to pick up the fritter batter mixture. Flatten off the top of each scoop and dollop it onto the baking sheet, making sure to leave a gap between each. Repeat until you have used up all the batter.

Bake for about  5 minutes until browned underneath, then use a spatula to flip them over. Bake for 2 more minutes until evenly browned on both sides. 

Drain on kitchen paper and serve with a crunchy salad. We had ours with some Greek yogurt for dipping them in too, it worked really well!

Enjoy!

Notes: You can make a big batch of these lovely fritters, then pop them in the freezer on a baking tray to freeze separately. When frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag to reheat whenever you fancy.

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything is available now in all good book shops and to order online, with an RRP of £16.99.

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Grace

Disclosure: I was gifted an advance copy of ‘Get Your Kids to Eat Anything’ to review, but was not compensated in any other way. I also bought an additional copy of the book myself in order to give one away and share the love with my readers!  All opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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Carrot & Coriander Oven Baked Fritters

These carrot and coriander oven baked fritters are great for sneaking veg into picky eaters! Kids will love these delicious fritters for lunch or dinner!

  • 250 g carrots
  • 200 g potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 40 g plain flour
  • 1 garlic clove
  • handful fresh coriader leaves
  • olive oil ((for greasing))
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (Gas mark 7/425°F).  Oil 2 baking trays and place them in the oven until hot.
  2. Scrub the carrots and potatoes, peel the onion, then grate them all.
  3. Put the grated carrot, potato & onion in a clean tea towel. Twist and squeeze over  a bowl until no more liquid comes out. (Note: you can throw the liquid away, or decant it into a sealed container to use in a soup later)
  4. In a large bowl, mix the eggs with the flour, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper to make a batter. Don’t worry if there are a few lumps!
  5. Add the grated vegetables to the batter and mix well. A fork works well for this job – make sure you get right to the bottom of the bowl so that everything is evenly coated.
  6. Roughly chop the coriander, add it to the bowl and mix well again.
  7. Carefully remove the hot oiled baking trays from the oven. Use an ice cream scoop to pick up the fritter batter mixture. Flatten off the top of each scoop and dollop it onto the baking sheet, making sure to leave a gap between each. Repeat until you have used up all the batter.
  8. Bake for about  5 minutes until browned underneath, then use a spatula to flip them over. Bake for 2 more minutes until evenly browned on both sides.
  9. Drain on kitchen paper and serve with a crunchy salad.

Notes: You can make a big batch of these lovely fritters, then pop them in the freezer on a baking tray to freeze separately. When frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag to reheat whenever you fancy.

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Between snow and gales, springtime is trying it’s best to show it’s face at the moment, so I’ve created several sets of springtime themed printable lunchbox notes to celebrate! I’m sharing the first today with this cute set of sheep themed lunchbox notes.

These fun sheep themed lunch notes include sheep themed jokes, sheep fun facts and a couple of sweet sheep themed quotes too. They’re all decorated with super cute sheep illustrations to help you send some extra love and smiles with your kids lunches this spring.

This set of free lunchbox notes is part our printable lunch notes series here on the blog – from unicorns to spacemensweet treats to a full animal alphabet, there are lots of different sets of lunch notes available for you to print and each set has a different theme. 

Every one of my lunch box notes sets is completely free to download. Using them is easy – just pick the set that you want to use, print it out, cut up the notes, then keep them in your kitchen so that they are ready for whenever you are next packing lunches.

Why not pick out some different sets from our free lunch box notes page to print so that you have a good supply of lunch notes ready for the next few weeks of packed lunches? You are of course very welcome to download as many as you like – you can print the whole collection if you want to!

To get your own copy of these fun Sheep lunchbox notes, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

You’ll find the rest of my lunch box note sets over on the Lunchbox Notes for Kids page – why not bookmark it so you can easily find it again?

I’m planning lots more new sets of themed and seasonal lunchbox notes over this year, so don’t forget to come back regularly to see what is new!

I hope you and your kids enjoy our lunchbox notes sets. If there’s a particular theme, season or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list!

Grace

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Spring is in the air and to celebrate, I recently created these super cute (but totally easy!) bee macarons.

Before you run scared at the idea of making macarons from scratch, fear not, this is a complete cheats ‘recipe’ – I simply decorated ready-made macarons from the supermarket to make a super fun treat in just a minute or two! 

If you are a better baker than I, you can of course make your own macarons – you’ll find links to several great recipes further down this post. When time is short though (and let’s face it, when you’re throwing a kids party, time is ALWAYS short!), there’s nothing wrong with making life easier for yourself with a quick shortcut like this.

These cute buzzy bee macarons would be perfect for bee themed party food, a Winnie the Pooh themed party, a bug themed party or just a cute party treat for any party at all!

Not throwing a party any time soon? They’d make a fun weekend edible craft project for the kids too.

Quick and Easy Bee Macarons

Ingredients (makes 6):

Method: 

Using a black edible marker pen, draw stripes on the top of a macaron, including a thick stripe for the head.  Be careful to draw lightly so that you don’t go through the delicate macaron crust.

Using the writing icing as ‘glue’, stick on two edible candy eyes.

Draw on the wings with the writing icing. 

Leave to dry for a minute or two, then place on a plate or platter to serve.

Enjoy!

As I mentioned above, you’re feeling brave and want to try your hand at making your own macarons, I’ve sourced some delicious macaron recipes for you – just click on the links below to be taken to the recipes:

Easy Macarons from A Mummy Too

Macarons with Chocolate Rose Ganache from Baking Queen 74

Illustrated guide to making macarons from Emily’s Recipes and Reviews

Vegan Macarons from Supergolden Bakes

For more easy party food ideas and recipes that kids will love, check out the Party Food Recipes section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Party Food for Kids Pinterest board for recipe inspiration all the year around!

Or for more fun food ideas and tutorials like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog or follow my Fun Food Ideas for Kids Pinterest boards for loads more ideas from all over the web.

Grace

Disclosure: This post contains some Amazon affiliate links; I may receive commission on items purchased through the links.

Quick and Easy Bee Macarons

Turn shop bought macarons into a super cute treat with this easy bee macarons fun food tutorial. Perfect for quick and easy bee themed kids party food!

  • 6 yellow (cream or beige coloured macarons)
  • 1  black edible marker pen
  • small tube of glitter writing icing
  • 12 edible candy eyeballs
  1. Using a black edible marker pen, draw stripes on the top of a macaron, including a thick stripe for the head.  Be careful to draw lightly so that you don’t go through the delicate macaron crust.
  2. Using the writing icing as ‘glue’, stick on two edible candy eyes.
  3. Draw on the wings with the writing icing.
  4. Leave to dry for a minute or two, then place on a plate or platter to serve.

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Today I have a super cute sheep shortbread cookies recipe to share with you. These are really easy to make and the kids (and grown-ups) loved them! 

These fun sheep cookies are great for a springtime or Easter treat, or a fun Easter baking project for kids during the Easter holidays.

The cookies have a basic shortbread base, which is crumbly and delicious and goes beautifully with the buttercream and coconut topping.

If you’re pushed for time but still want to make a fun treat with your kids, you why not skip making your own and decorate shop-bought shortbread biscuits or cookies – any round biscuits would work, from shortbread rounds to digestives! 

Easy Shortbread Sheep Cookies

Ingredients (makes 16): 

  • 200g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream: 
  • 100g butter
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
To decorate: 
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 16 chocolate buttons
  • 16 giant chocolate buttons
  • candy eyes
  • tube of writing icing

Method: 

Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof or baking paper.

Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then whisk together until pale and fluffy. 

Sieve in the flour, then add the vanilla extract.  Whisk again until the mixture comes together in a dough.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm thick.  Cut circles from the dough (I used the fluted side of my cookie cutter), then carefully transfer them to the baking trays.

Place the trays in the fridge to chill for around 20 minutes.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F). 

Remove the trays from the fridge and bake for around 15 minutes until golden.

Once cooked, leave the shortbread rounds to cool on the baking trays for 15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the buttercream icing. Whisk the butter with an electric whisk until light and fluffy, then sift in the icing sugar, a little at a time, until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. Add the milk in small splashes until the icing is at the correct consistency for spreading.

Once the shortbread cookies are completely cool, spread a generous layer of buttercream icing over the top of each one.

Pour the desiccated coconut onto a plate, then dip each cookie, icing side down, into the coconut to coat.

Make the sheep faces – ‘glue’ 2 candy eyes to each giant chocolate button using the writing icing.

Cut each smaller chocolate button in half for the ears.

These will be assembled with the ear pieces behind the giant chocolate button face.

Spread a little leftover buttercream on the back of a giant chocolate button. Press it into the top of a cookie for the head, then push a chocolate ‘ear’ into the buttercream on each side to finish. 

Repeat with the remaining shortbread cookies to turn them into sheep.

Enjoy! 

For more delicious and fun food ideas for Easter like this one, check out the Fun Easter Food section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Easter Pinterest boards for lots more fun ideas from around the web; Healthy Easter Food and Easter.

Grace

Easy Shortbread Sheep Cookies

Cute and easy sheep shortbread cookies – this fun Spring or Easter treat makes a great Easter baking project for the kids during the holidays! 

For the shortbread cookies:
  • 200 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream:
  • 100 g butter
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
To decorate:
  • 100 g desiccated coconut
  • 16 chocolate buttons
  • 16 giant chocolate buttons
  • candy eyes
  • tube of writing icing
  1. Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof or baking paper.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then whisk together until pale and fluffy. Sieve in the flour, then add the vanilla extract. Whisk again until the mixture comes together in a dough.

  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm thick.  Cut circles from the dough (I used the fluted side of my cookie cutter), then carefully transfer them to the baking trays.
  4. Place the trays in the fridge to chill for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F).

  5. Remove the trays from the fridge and bake for around 15 minutes until golden. Once cooked, leave the shortbread rounds to cool on the baking trays for 15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

  6. Make the buttercream icing. Whisk the butter with an electric whisk until light and fluffy, then sift in the icing sugar, a little at a time, until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. Add the milk in small splashes until the icing is at the correct consistency for spreading.
  7. Once the shortbread cookies are completely cool, spread a generous layer of buttercream icing over the top of each one. Pour the desiccated coconut onto a plate, then dip each cookie, icing side down, into the coconut to coat.
  8. Make the sheep faces – ‘glue’ 2 candy eyes to each giant chocolate button using the writing icing. 

  9. Cut each smaller chocolate button in half for the ears. These will be assembled with the ear pieces behind the giant chocolate button face.

  10. Spread a little leftover buttercream on the back of a giant chocolate button. Press it into the top of a cookie for the head, then push a chocolate ‘ear’ into the buttercream on each side to finish.
  11. Repeat with the remaining shortbread cookies to turn them into sheep.

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I’ve been creating lots of cute new sets of free lunchbox notes for you this month, starting with these cute St Patrick’s Day themed lunch notes!

Although I don’t particularly celebrate St Patrick’s Day myself, I know that plenty of my you do, so in response to several requests I’ve created this fun set of St Patrick’s Day lunchbox notes for you. With St Patrick’s Day fun facts, quotes and child friendly jokes, I hope you’ll find them useful to help you celebrate St Patrick’s Day with your kids next week! 

This set of free lunchbox notes is part our printable lunch notes series here on the blog – from unicorns to spacemensweet treats to a full animal alphabet, there are lots of different sets of lunch notes available for you to print and each set has a different theme. 

Each of our sets of lunch box notes is completely free to download. Using them is easy – just pick the set that you want to use, print it out, cut up the notes, then keep them in your kitchen so that they are ready for whenever you are next packing lunches.

Why not pick out some different sets from our free lunch box notes page to print so that you have a good supply of lunch notes ready for the next few weeks of packed lunches? You are of course very welcome to download as many as you like – you can print the whole collection if you like!

To get your own copy of our St Patrick’s Day lunchbox notes, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

You’ll find the rest of my lunch box note sets over on the Lunchbox Notes for Kids page – why not bookmark it so you can easily find it again?

I’ll be creating and sharing lots more new sets of themed and seasonal lunchbox notes over this year, so don’t forget to come back regularly to see what is new!

I really hope you and your kids enjoy our lunchbox notes sets. If there’s a particular theme, season or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list!

Grace

PS Packing lunches? Come join our friendly Facebook community to share your lunches and pick up new ideas from our members!

Love these fun St Patrick’s Day lunchbox notes? Why not save this post to Pinterest so you can easily find them again!

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