The little ladies wanted to make something to take to a family lunch and the two year old wanted it to be for "Straya Day". I love when she says "Straya" sort of like a cute little bogan and I knew it had to be easy. As good ol' William Shakespeare noted "though she be but little, she is fierce!" and that is our baby to a t, two going on twelve!
I remember seeing these Koala Cookies on my interweb travels and tracked them down here, no baking required and excluding tantrums and hostage negotiations they take about 15-20 minutes to make. So here is our attempt below with pics from my trusty iphone.
1. Gather the ingredients, I am a big fan of mise en place, especially when I am attempting any cooking/baking with my little ladies. It can be crazy enough without measuring out ingredients and getting things sorted. I also have to be very mindful of ingredients ending up in little tummies as you can see in this pic the M&M's were tempting them. So ingredients required for these little beauties are as follows:
- 1 cup (150g) icing sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk (I only ended up needing 1tbspn but see how you go)
- few drops black food colouring
- 8 Milk Arrowroot biscuits
- 1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 16 brown M&M’s
- 8 black jelly beans
- 8 white marshmallows (cut marshmallows in half horizontally)
Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add milk gradually and combine to create a thick icing. Add food colouring very gradually (and I stress gradually) until icing is desired koala grey colour.
2. Spread the icing on the biscuits. Warning: you may need to take over here for your own sanity, my little ladies were icing these cookies like their life depended on it so it all got a little crazy!
3. When all the cookies are iced you can then allow (well I did) your two year old to start off gently sprinkling the coconut and then pour the whole freaking bowl over them. Shake off any excess, take and deep breath and move on.
4. This is the fun part, I made up one cookie for them to refer to, M&M’s for the eyes (with the letters facing down as per my OCD) and one black jelly bean for the nose and two halves of the cut marshmallows for the ears. The two year old had quite a bit of creative license here, there was rearranging required with koalas with multiple noses and eyes but we got there in the end.
Enjoy Antipodean Lovelies, just don't try this recipe with my determined and head strong little ladies.