Eid is just around the corner and when you’re an expat living away from your friends and family you need to go the extra mile to help everyone (especially the kids) get into the spirit of Eid.
My kids love crafts,so we all decided to make our own decorations this year. We made some banners, mini flags and we decorated a tray that we filled with little giveaways. The kids will take the giveaway tray to school to give to their classmates and teachers the day before Eid
You can find the printables and the step by step instructions for making the banners here
The printables and the instructions for the mini flags (you can also use them as cupcake toppers or as straw decorations)can be found here
and the step by step instructions for making the giveaway tray can be found here
The best part is, you can make these crafts separately or you can use them to create your very own eid corner in your house.
If you’re wondering what to put in the goodies bag, you can always make maamoul but if you want to make something fun that the kids can help with, try these sheep cookies
Sheep cookies for Eid …
Cookie recipe adapted from my checkerboard cookie recipe
5 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 lb (2 cups or 4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Sift 5 cups of the flour with the baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture and mix to combine
Divide the dough in half.
Knead ½ cup of cocoa into one of the two halfs (if your dough becomes tough or crumbly add one egg white)
If the white half of the dough is a little on the soft side, add the remaining 1/3 cup of flour
Form the dough into somewhat rectangular shape
Wrap the dough in a plastic wrapper then put in the fridge for at least 15 minutes (You can leave it over night)
Roll out the dough to be half a cm in thickness
To make each sheep you will need alarge round cookie cutter for the base. A flower cookie cutter (this will make the body), a small round cookie cutter for the face of the sheep (you can use a bottle cap if you don’t have one) and 4 small balls of dough. 2 for the legs and 2 for the ears
Cut out a circle of dough
Brush it with a little water (this will help the layers stick together)
Top it with the flower shaped dough
brush it with a little water
Top it with the little round piece
Pinch the 2 of the small dough balls to create the ears
Then add the legs
You can also make the sheep on their own without the round base
You can also add eyes and a mouth if you like
Remember to alternate the colors, if the base is chocolate, the sheep’s body should be vanilla and the face should be chocolate
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C in batches on the central rack, for about 12 minutes until firm and golden brown on the bottom. Don’t let them bake for too long, or the color contrast between the chocolate and vanilla dough will be lost.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack
Store in an airtight container once completely cool
بسكوت العيد على شكل خراف
5 و1 / 3 كوب طحين لجميع الأغراض
1 ملعقة شاي بيكنغ باودر
1 ملعقة شاي ملح
2 كوب أو 4 اصابع زبدة غير مملحه ، في درجة حرارة الغرفة
2 كوب سكر
1 ملعقة صغيرة من الفانيليا
2 بيض كبير في درجة حرارة الغرفة
½ كوب من مسحوق الكاكاو غير المحلى
ينخل5 اكواب من الدقيق مع البيكنغ باودر والملح. يوضع جانبا.
اخفقي الزبدة والسكر معا حتى يصبح المزيج خفيف ورقيق.
تقسم العجينة إلى نصفين.
اضيفي الكاكاو لنصف الخليط و اعجنيه برفق حتى يتمازج
اضيفي 1/3 كوب الدقيق المتبقي للنصف الابيض اذا شعرتي انه العجين رخو