When I think of Martha I always imagine her in the kitchen, so I think it’s fitting that the children do something domestic when they talk about her. The original lesson plan had the activity of decorating cookies as the first thing we needed to ‘finish’ before we could talk about God. At the end of the time we came to realise that spending time with God was more important so rather than eat our own cookies we went to offer them to the congregation.
If you want you can make these simple cookies with your class and leave them cooking, or you can cook them in advance for decorating. I’m not a great cook, and I like simple recipes with few ingredients so you always know if your kids can or can’t eat them! In the images I make simple drop cookies, but this recipe is suitable for rolling and using cookie cutters. Do check if your kids have any allergies before you plan this lesson.
The ingredients are simple – Margarine 225g, Sugar 110g, All purpose Flour – 275g, and a tablespoon of oil.
Measure out the butter and the sugar in one bowl. Weigh the flour in a separate bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer. slowly add the flour, until you get a mixture that looks like breadcrumbs.
When the mixture is finely crumbed push it back together to form a dough. If it is far too crumbly add a teaspoon of oil and stir with a metal spoon. Either roll and cut with cookie cutters, or shape into small balls around 3cm’s in diameter, and place on a baking tray.
Place in an oven at 170C / 325F / Gas Mark 3 for 15 minutes, leave to cool for 2-3 minutes before lifting.
We drizzled a little icing and sprinkles on top. Sadly the photograph of the final thing wasn’t so good as the light had gone.