50g drinking chocolate powder
100g icing sugar
Flavourings: vanilla essence, rum flavouring, or liquid coffee (Camp brand works well)
Coverings: chocolate hundreds and thousands, desiccated coconut
Mix the butter, drinking chocolate and icing sugar together throroughly. To flavour, add 1 teaspoon of one of the flavourings to the mix and mix in. Roll teaspoon quantities into balls then roll them in one of the coverings. Put into little paper cases to dry.
You can also use the basic mixture to make chocolate hedgehogs. Make it with vanilla essence as flavouring, roll into slightly larger balls, flatten a base by pressing onto a cool clean surface, pinch one end out as a 'nose', and decorate with 'spines' make from chocolate buttons cut into slivers. If you want to make them look really good, dust them with cocoa powder and press little silver cake decorations in as 'eyes'.
White from one large egg or two small eggs
250g icing sugar, plus spare for dusting and so on
Peppermint essence or peppermint oil
Put the egg white in a bowl and gradually beat in 200g of the sugar. Mix it thoroughly with a wooden spoon, and keep mixing in more sugar a little at a time until you have a very stiff paste. Dust the work surface with a little sugar and put the paste on to it. Add three or four drops of peppermint and gently knead it in. Taste a bit, and add more peppermint if needed. Roll the paste out with a sugared rolling pin, and cut out shapes with the smallest biscuit cutters you can find. Cover and leave to dry for a few hours.
Modelling and painting and sweets - what more could kids want? Just buy blocks of marzipan - the white, if you can find it, rather than the yellow, as many food colourings as you can get, and little paintbrushes. Kids can spend a happy time moulding or sculpting fruit, flowers or animals, and then painting them with just a little food colouring - only the smallest amount on the brush, or the marzipan will get soggy!
I hope they're useful for you!