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on 6 October 2001
Another superbly illustrated childrens book from Usborne. Coconut mice, peppermint creams, shining star biscuits and wrapping ideas. All easy to achieve and with fairly basic ingredients and material. Each page has both photographs and diagrams of 'how to'. Great for anyone working with children.
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on 27 November 2008
Produced with that typical Usborne appeal!

An enticing and colourful Christmassy cover for this large format young cook's paperback, which opens to 32 high quality shiny pages.
Laid out in the popular 2-page spread format, a contents list precedes the 14 recipes, then the 2 pages of wrapping ideas, with 'Tags and Ribbons' on the very last.

Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, the quantity, the list of ingredients, and a numbered method, along with an oven temperature (if required).

Helpful and child-friendly tips are littered throughout, e.g.:-

'The cake should be springy when you press it.'


'Use a wooden spoon.'

The superb, full-colour illustrations are further enhanced by step-by-step pictures and the text is clear and easy-to-follow, with the method being in a larger size of font.

Example of text- from 'Shining Star Biscuits':

1. Using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar and butter really well, getting rid of any lumps in the mixture.
2. Break the egg into a separate bowl. Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and the white are mixed together.
3. Mix half of the beaten egg into the mixture in the bowl, a little at a time. You don't need the other half.
4. Sift the flour, cornflour and mixed spice through a sieve. Mix everything together really well with a wooden spoon.
5. Squeeze the mixture with your hands until a firm dough is formed. Make the dough into a large ball.
6. Sprinkle a clean work surface with a little flour......

....then the fun, and 'the mess' (depending on age) really begins!
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on 2 December 2009
This is a great book, however the recipes are identical to those included in the Usborne Big book of Christmas, without any additional ones in either book, which was disappointing as I ordered both books. Aside from that, the recipes look really good, tasty and easy.
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on 23 February 2010
This is a lovely cookery book for kids, which is ideal to get them started and build their confidence (not sure why other reviewers comment negatively on it being aimed at kids, since the Usborne books are specifically for kids?).
The book is worth owning for the shining stars recipe alone - although those attempting this should be aware that the dough is a bugger to roll out! Still, it's well worth the effort, as the resulting biscuits look like they have centres of stained glass (word of warning: don't use them as decorations on the tree in a warm room or a hot climate, as the centres may melt!)
The coconut mice recipe is brilliant for small children, and tastes surprisingly good - when the children finally lost interest, we adults discovered that you can easily use the remaining mix to make coconut hedgehogs (just use more of the flaked almonds to make the prickles!)
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on 20 January 2010
I recieved this book as i wanted to make my own treats for over the xmas period, the book was a little thinner thani thought but has some very good recipes in it, really good to make if you have young children as it's easy to follow.
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on 4 November 2004
This is a simple and fun christmas cookbook, really more to do with the kids helping, than on your own, although I did manage to add a few twists of my own to make it slightly more adult - like adding a splash of white or dark rum to the truffles, mmm delicious and all the recipes are incredibly simple with only the barest hint of actual cooking involved.
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