Teaching your toddler or planning an activity can be overwhelming for a lot of parents. There are so many articles with differing strategies and theories, which one is best? Ask yourself this! What’s your aim?

La Bella Dolce is an Educator and Pastry Cook, who loves to teach through cooking! Put simply, it works! It works for all abilities, all ages and you don’t even have to be good at it for it to be educational. Cook just for fun or guide the learning in a specific direction; physical, cognitive, social, emotional, communication, literacy and numeracy. If you’re your aim is to develop a particular skill, focus on one learning outcome at a time, what is your aim?

This recipe is a great beginner for little chefs, it allows for creativity whilst being simple for success.

Most importantly, enjoy your little mess makers and have fun with them!

Make sure you have your LITTLE bare henni Waterproof Smock Bibs ready.

La Bella Dolce’s Butter Cookies




Butter (room temperature)


2 cups

Plain Flour


3 ½ cups

Corn Flour


1 1/6 cups

Icing Mixture


1 1/3 cups

Vanilla Extract





¼ tsp


  • Pre heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  • Prepare baking tray with a sheet of baking paper
  • Using a mixer, cream butter until pale and soft
  • Mix in Vanilla Extract
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients
  • Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the butter until just combined
  • Take dough out of the bowl and press together lightly into a ball.
  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge
  • Roll out to approx. 8mm thick, cut into desired shapes, place onto baking tray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges
  • Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack and decorate as desired!

Attention span: You can split the recipe up to suit your child’s attention span (and your patience level) Start simple, choose 1, 2 or all of the following steps.  

  1. Cut and mix the butter, wrap it and put it in the fridge.
  2. Measure dry ingredients. Wrap and put it in the pantry.
  3. Mix the dough, wrap and fridge for 2-3 days
  4. Roll out, cut out and fridge (1-2 days) or freeze (3 months)
  5. Bake, cool and decorate.

Learning Outcomes:

Physical: Measuring, pouring, cutting, transferring the cookie dough to a tray (use hands, a spatula or tongs), carrying the tray, piping, decorating. Don’t forget, for younger mess makers standing or sitting while performing tasks is building their core strength and balance.

Emotional – Increase the difficulty level to create a challenge, turn taking, problem solving through mistakes (hey, let’s make a few and practice resilience)

Social – Cook with friends and family (Organise a Zoom with distant loved ones), create discussions, emphasise sharing, turn taking, model desired behaviours and language

Cognitive – Experiment with the recipe by changing measurements or try mixing some colours in, ask questions (what? Why? When?).

Communication – Model clear language through conversation, ask questions … and don’t forget to listen.  

Literacy – Create discussions using descriptive words, use visual recipes (words and/or pictures), introduce new ingredients to learn a wider vocabulary (decorate with edible flowers or exotic fruits)

Numeracy - Measure in various ways to show weight, volume

Butter Cookies | LITTLE bare henni
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