Making fifteens

Today we had some friends over to help us make fifteens.


They are great because they require no oven (it's like a fridge cookie) and only minimal adult supervision. The only thing you need to measure is the condensed milk, everything else is counted.

So the recipe for those who'd like to try it goes like this:


  1. 15 digestive biscuits, crushed
  2. 15 chocolate buttons, smashed up
  3. 15 marshmallows, chopped up
  4. 15 glace cherries, chopped up
  5. 150ml of condensed milk
  6. A few handfuls of shredded coconut
Mix everything but the coconut together to form a dough.
Roll it into a sausage shape.
Roll the sausage in the coconut.
Wrap and place in the fridge until firm, then slice.

I find the best way to let a preschooler chop things is to place them in a mug and use big scissors. The cherries/marshmallows can't escape and the blades are nowhere near fingers. However, if you have friends over, sometimes it's best to just let the mummies do the chopping!


This recipe is great for encouraging counting, and will probably be the first recipe I allow Will to make unsupervised in the future, as there is no heat and not a lot can go wrong.

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