A Gruffalo? What's a Gruffalo? For those of you who might not know ~
He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.
He has knobbly knees, and turned out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.
His eyes are orange, his tougue is black, and he has purple prickles all over his back.
(As described by Julia Donaldson in her book The Gruffalo).
But here in our house we think he is lovely!
At Christmas time my small people got a Gruffalo cookie kit ~ which came with a ready made cookie mix and a fabby little Gruffalo cookie cutter. They loved the whole experience of making the cookies and decorating them, and of course eating them! As they enjoyed them so much I thought that I would surprise them when they came out of school yesterday afternoon with another plate of Gruffalo cookies. It had absolutely nothing at all to do with the fact that I wanted a go at making these cookies all by myself!
This time I just made a basic shortbread biscuit ~ 250g plain flour, 175g butter and 75g caster sugar ~ then you just::
Mix the plain flour and the sugar together in a bowl and rub in the butter ~
Knead until it forms a paste ~
Roll out on a floured surface to about 1cm thick and then cut into Gruffalo shapes ~
Bake at 160 degrees/Gas mark 3 for about 20 minutes ~
Leave to cool and either leave them as they are or decorate with chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles ~ which looks exactly like Gruffalo fur!
And then ENJOY!! :O)xx