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Gruesome Monster Teeth Cookies: October Junior Bakes Subscription Box Review

Gruesome Teeth Cookies

Last weekend I went away to Bath for a girls weekend. Whist I was away Mini and Mr Mack decided to do some baking together using the subscription box from Bakes Box (www.mybakes.com). They sent me lots of photos whilst I was away and told me all about  their fun together when I got home. The October box was a Halloween theme to make gruesome monster teeth cookies.

Mini has really got into Halloween this year and was really excited when she opened the box when it came through the post and saw what she was going to make. The boxes fit through the letterbox which is handy for working parents. Inside each box is all the dry ingredients and instructions to make the recipe. You just need to add any wet ingredients such as eggs and butter.

flour and marshmellows on cardboard box

Mini has grown in confidence over the months that we have been baking together using these kits and have enjoyed all of the different recipes that we’ve made.

I think that the kits would make great birthday or Christmas present ideas and can be bought as one offs or as part of a subscription package.

Getting Messy

Mini loved using her fingers to mix the butter, sugar and flour into a breadcrumb consistency and then pressed into a ball, any excuse to get messy. She didn’t let Mr Mack do any of the mixing and was determined to make them all herself.

cookie mixture

After the mixture had chilled in the fridge for a little while, Mini used a rolling pin to flatten the ball. She then used a cutter to make circle shapes from the dough and Mr Mack popped them in the oven to bake until golden brown.

girl with messy hands after making cookies

messy hands

Whilst they were cooling she mixed icing sugar and powdered food colouring together with water to make “blood” icing.

Mr Mack then carefully cut the circle biscuits in half so that Mini could spread the blood icing over the top. She then had to place mini marshmallows around the edge of the cookies to make the teeth shapes. A second semi-circle biscuit was then popped on top.

Mr Mack enjoyed making the cookies with Mini and found the instructions easy to follow and simple enough for Mini to do most of the work on her own.

I think the finished cookies look really effective and definitely gruesome. Later that evening they took them to share at a family bonfire party along with other homemade treats that others had brought.

girl with plate of cookies she has made

proud of her afternoon’s work

You can read about our other reviews of junior bakes box kits below:

Emoji Cupcakes

Jammy Dodgers

Iced Buns

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Baking Emoji Cupcakes: Junior Bakes Subscription Box August Review

Emoji Cupcakes

After surviving Mini’s first full week of school, we planned to do some baking together. Mini recently went to see the Emoji movie and the cinema and was very excited to receive the Emoji cupcake kit from Bakes Box.

Whilst baking I hoped that it would give us an opportunity to talk about how Mini had felt about starting school. She was more willing than normal to talk whilst we were baking as she happily chatted away as we worked.

The Junior Bakes Box comes complete with chef hat, brightly coloured instruction card and all dry ingredients to make the cakes. All we had to add were the wet ingredients, egg, butter and water.

After pre-heating the oven, we started by mixing the ingredients in the Kitchenaid. You can of course do this by hand or with a hand held mixer. When the mixture was combined Mini spooned it into the cupcake cases. She made a bit of mess but had lots of fun in the process, I had to resist the urge to make them neater.

Whilst the cupcakes were baking we made the buttercream icing, again using the Kitchenaid. Mini loved the bright yellow food colouring although she did end up with yellow fingers after squeezing the packet into the mixer.

Decorating the cakes

When the cakes were baked and cooled, I helped Mini to spoon the yellow icing onto the tops to make the base of the face. She then used the black icing pen to decorate different types of faces to create the emojis. We had fun thinking about different types of emojis that we could create on top of the cakes.

I turned around to get a cloth to wipe Mini’s hands after the decorating and she had already helped herself to one of the cupcakes. They clearly must have been irresistible to her. She said they were delicious and begged me for another one. Luckily I convinced her to save some for when Mr Mack arrived home after work.

girl sticking tongue out with yellow icing

Review Thoughts

We really enjoyed making the emoji cupcakes. I found the instructions clear and easy to follow. The recipe was suitable for little ones and was less complex than previous boxes that we have made. I think that this box would be suitable for a wide range of children as you could easily adapt how much support is required for them to make.

The recipe stated that there would be enough to make 6 cupcakes however, we found that it made 13, we just used our own cake cases for the extra mixture.

This would be an easy recipe to follow again and you would be able to use different colours and decorations in the future to make different types of faces and designs.

The boxes are a great way of getting children involved with baking and are a good introduction to new recipes that you may not feel as confident at attempting with little ones.

I think they boxes make a great present idea as you can buy them as a one off or as a subscription package.

girl in chefs hat sitting by plate of emoji cupcakes that she has made

You can read our review of previous boxes for do nuts here and jammy dodgers here.

You can get 50% off your first order of any junior box, bakes box or dough box using code: LUCYMBAKES

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Bakes Box Affiliate programme and receive my boxes free for the purpose of the review, however, all views and opinions are my own.

Thimble and Twig

Lucy At Home

jammy dodger baking kit

Junior Bakes Subscription Box Review – July

Jammy Dodgers

Do you like the idea of baking with children but aren’t sure where to start or which recipes would be suitable? We have been using Junior Bakes Boxes for a few months and have loved them.

Each box contains a little chef’s hat, a bright and clear instruction card and recipe and all the dry ingredients you need, pre-weighed out and labelled. All you need to add is any wet ingredients, such as eggs, milk, butter etc.

Each month is a totally different recipe and is a lovely surprise opening the box to see what we will be baking each month. Mini, who is 4 and a half has always enjoyed joining in with me when I have been making cakes and has loved receiving this through the post just for her. The boxes fit through the letterbox which is very handy as I work full time and hate having to go to the post depot to collect parcels.

This month’s box was to make Jammy Dodgers, we decided to make them early Saturday morning with the plan to take them to a friend’s house for dinner that evening to share. 

Method

Mini put on her apron and the chef’s hat that was included in the box and we got to work. Firstly, we made the biscuit dough in the Kitchenaid, you don’t have to but we were a little pressed for time and Mini loves to turn it on for me and carefully adds the ingredients into the bowl.

Once the mixture was combined, we left it to chill in the fridge whilst we floured a surface ready to roll it out, Mini especially enjoyed this bit and enthusiastically spread the flour across the work surface.

Cutters aren’t included in the box, however it does suggest that you can use two different size glasses if you don’t have proper cutters. Mini chose a round cutter and a flower shape for the middle from my baking drawer of goodies.

We then had to roll the mixture out, which Mini had a really good go at with the rolling pin, I just finished it off at the end to make sure it was rolled out evenly.

Once the biscuits had chilled again it was time to bake them. Once cooled, we then put a spoon of jam onto the larger round biscuits and put one of the smaller shapes on top to make a sandwich. We then mixed the icing together and used a piping bag to decorate the biscuits, we ended up getting a little sticky at this point.

Mini proudly presented them to our friends after dinner and enjoyed sharing them out. We all found them really delicious with a good crisp bite to them.

plate of homemade jammy dodgers

You can read about our review of the June box for Iced Buns here.

Bakes boxes come in either one off boxes or as part of a subscription package and I think would make great presents for children. There are also boxes suitable for grown ups too available if you wanted to expand your baking skills and try out some new recipes.

You can order the boxes at www.mybakes.com and you can get 50% off your first order of any Junior Box, Adult Bakes Box or Dough Box using code LUCYMBAKES

Disclaimer: I am part of Bakes Box affiliate programme however all views are entirely my own

Thimble and Twig
junior bakes

Junior Bakes Subscription Box Review – June 

Do you like the idea of baking with children but aren’t sure where to start or which recipes would be suitable? We have been using Junior Bakes Boxes for a few months and have loved them.

Each Junior Bakes box contains a little chefs hat, a bright and clear instruction card and recipe and all the dry ingredients you need, pre-weighed out and labelled. All you need to add is any wet ingredients, such as eggs, milk, butter etc.

Each month is a totally different recipe and is a lovely surprise opening the box to see what we will be baking each month. Mini, who is 4 and a half has always enjoyed joining in with me when I have been making cakes and has loved receiving this through the post just for her. The boxes fit through the letterbox which is very handy as I work full time and hate having to go to the post depot to collect parcels.

I have found that using the boxes has given me confidence to bake recipes with my daughter that I wouldn’t have thought to do. This month’s box was to make sticky iced buns, which including making and kneading the dough. I thought she would struggle but she really enjoyed getting into it.

We took our box away with us on a recent family weekend so that we could make the buns together with my niece, who is 3, and share the goodies with family afterwards.

With aprons donned and the girls taking it in turns to share the chefs hat we set off! They took it in turns to add the ingredients and both were able to mix and stir. When it came to kneading they took in turns to have a go, they were both fascinated when the dough had doubled in size after proving for an hour.

I then split the dough into two balls and then into three lumps so that each of the girls could have a go at rolling out three buns.

After they had cooked and cooled down they both decorated their own buns with the red icing and sprinkles. The red icing did end up getting a bit messy and staining fingers for a while but scrubbed off in the bath!

The girls were both really proud of what they had made and loved presenting them to the rest of the family after dinner, there were 16 of us though so we did have to chop them up to go around. Everybody commented how light and fluffy they’d come out and they disappeared in seconds.

We’ve now got the recipe card to keep for the next time we make them. I found the instructions clear and easy to follow and the girls easily understood each step. My only negative comment with this box was there was a lot of stopping and starting as the dough had to prove twice with long gaps in between, meaning we had to wash hands, put aprons on and get the girls interesting in doing the next bit three times.

Bakes boxes come in either one off boxes or as part of a subscription package and I think would make great presents for children. There are also boxes suitable for grown ups too available if you wanted to expand your baking skills and try out some new recipes.

You can see our review of the July Junior Bakes box for making Jammy Dodgers here.

You can order the boxes at www.mybakes.com and you can get 50% off your first order of any Junior Box, Adult Bakes Box or Dough Box using code LUCYMBAKES

Disclaimer: I am part of Junior Bakes Box affiliate programme however all views are entirely my own