Traffic light cookies

Summer holidays have begun and children will love getting their hands stuck into making these traffic light coloured fingerprint cookies!

Red, orange and green are synonymous with traffic lights - but this recipe puts a fun, edible twist on the use of these colours. The kids will love it!

What's more, the recipe is super-easy to follow, and one that the little ones will enjoy helping to make as much as they will eating them afterwards. Enjoy - and maybe get a bowl of warm, soapy water ready for those inevitable sticky fingers. Preparation time: 25 mins

Baking time: 15-20 mins

Makes: 16


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  • 175g butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g strawberry jam
  • 50g apricot jam or orange marmalade
  • 50g lemon and lime marmalade
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 then line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract, then stir in the flour to bring the mixture together to form a dough.
  3. Break off a chunk of the dough about the size of a walnut and roll it in your hands to form a ball. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  4. Place the balls onto the prepared baking tray then press your finger into the centre of each ball to create a hole about 1cm wide and 1cm deep.
  5. Fill each hole with jam then bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Top tip! We found Roses lemon and lime marmalade was the best jam to use to achieve a fairly strong green colour but you could use food colouring instead. Simply put some lime marmalade into a small bowl and stir in a few drops of green food colouring before filling the holes in the cookies.

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