Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

Traffic light 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  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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