As I am pushing the cart through, dodging all the oncoming traffic I hear the holiday music end and the in store advertisements start… I hear “blah, blah, blah, blah… because mom says we’re not just baking, we’re making memories.” Initial, unstoppable reaction… eyes rolling to the back of head, and I’m a baker. I LOVE to bake, I have plans to hand decorate cookies for each teacher, for goodness sake I have filled decorating bags waiting for me at home! So, if this was my automatic reaction to the daunting task of creating “positive Christmas baking memories” with my young children. What would be the reaction of someone who WAS NOT a baker?
It prompted action on my part and the need to share with all of you out there. Whether you love to bake or are baking-challenged, kids love to help in the kitchen, so we need to make sure we have recipes they will be successful with and do everything possible to avoid adding stress to a busy time of the year. I say if they have some cookies they can complete on their own they will feel a great sense of accomplishment. The cookies I am sharing are also surprisingly popular at every party I have served them at even though they are simple, no oven, treats. Before I had my little assistants I always used them as fillers on cookie platters I would give to friends and family.
These are kid friendly recipes, even my three year old had a great time making those “memories” with these. Once we finished, she walked over to the sofa to watch the Christmas special on TV and was sound asleep in five minutes. My older two kept baking. They did such a good job with those two recipes we moved on to the made from scratch specialties I bake each year. I drew the line at their assistance with rolling out the sugar cookie dough. Only because my rolling pin is actually quite large and could be used as a weapon in a pinch. Also, while I did want them to have positive baking memories, I also wanted to give these cookies as gifts and since I didn’t want to have to make spare batches I had to roll them out evenly. Just being honest. Thanks to the first two recipes they didn’t feel left out or like I didn’t think they could do anything. It was alright with them and my oldest took a break snuggled up to her sister on the sofa and it took ten minutes for her to be sound asleep. My son and I started making snickerdoodles, our favorite cookies. We stayed up another hour just mixing the dough, watching the Christmas specials and rolling our bite sized dough balls in a cinnamon-sugar mixture he made. We were able to get one batch baked and enjoy them before we snuggled up for a good night’s sleep. I don’t know about them but it was certainly a memory I will treasure. Happy baking!