This activity is a great way to get thinking about Fairtrade and making a yum sweet treat. Follow the recipe, using fairtrade ingreients where you can to make chocolate fudge crinkle biscuits as a delicious treat for yourself and your household or you could share your treats with local friends and family by delivering them snacks to their door! You may need some adult supervision when using the oven.
Fairtrade is all to do with fairly trading produce around the world. It is about better prices and working conditions for farmers and workers across the world. The process and support ensures there are fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade Fortnight is two weeks around the end of February each year where people come together to celebrate a fairer, more equal future. Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 is between 22nd February and 7th March.
When we see the Fairtrade symbol on produce we know that the farmers and workers who produced and prepared the item have been paid and treated fairly. Have you seen this logo before? What does it remind you of? The logo is a person waving.
Ingredients and Equipment
Try to use fairtrade ingredients where possible
- 60g cocoa powder
- 200g (Fairtrade) caster sugar
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 180g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 70g icing sugar
- 2 Large bowls
Start by heating the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5, (you may need an adult to help with this) and weigh out all your ingredients.
Next, Mix the cocoa powder, caster sugar and oil together in your large bowl using a spoon. At this stage, don’t worry too much about any lumps.
Crack the eggs into the mix one at a time. Whisk the mixture until fully combined. You need to whisk quite hard for a minute or so to create a thick, smooth chocolate batter.
In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt together.
Next, add this separate mix to the cocoa mixture in your large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. (If it feels too soft, add a little extra flour).
Tip the icing sugar into a shallow dish. Form a heaped teaspoon of the dough into a ball. You could use your hands to roll the balls but it can get a bit messy! Roll the dough ball in the sugar to coat. Repeat with the remaining dough, then put, evenly spaced, on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. The biscuits will grow so try to keep a good space in between. Your dough should make around 15 biscuits depending on size.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 10 mins – they will firm up as they cool.
Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool then enjoy your snack. Will keep for four days in a biscuit tin.
Take it Further
This recipe has been adapted from BBC Good Food. What other recipes, bakes and meals can you make from fairtrade ingredients?
If you enjoyed exploring fairtrade and making a yummy snack check out another Fairtrade recipe for Crumbly Banana Fingers or Teddy’s Upcycled Togs to explore how fair our fashion is.