Holiday Baking with Kids

Parenting is funny (sometimes funny-ha-ha … more often funny-peculiar). You never know what your kids are going to remember. One day on a Christmas shopping expedition, my daughter said, "But aren't we going to go to Target and get popcorn?" Although we had done this many times, I hadn't realized that was such a strong memory for her. And it kind of made me go, "Awwww …"

I have vivid memories of my mother making Christmas pies. She would give me the leftover pie crust dough and I would take my very own tiny set of animal cookie cutters and make little cinnamon-sugar treats. I love that memory so much! The smell of the baking pies … the feel of my little metal cutters … the sound of my mom's cookie spatula taking my creations off the trays. 

Decorating holiday cut-out cookies is a memory for lots of us, but I fear that with our fast-paced lives and store-bought cookies, too many of our kids are going without some of those homey, hands-on, kitchen memories.

So check out our video for simple cut-out cookies. This dough is so incredibly easy to handle – it's perfect for little-kid hands. Go ahead … make a memory!



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Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first three ingredients. Knead dough until it’s gathered into a smooth ball. Lightly flour a flat surface. Split amount in half. Roll out dough to approximately ⅛” - ¼” thick. Use a small amount of flour to keep dough from sticking. Using cookie cutouts, cut out dough and place cutouts on a cookie sheet. Apply sprinkles. Bake at 350° for 5-6 minutes. Cut-out dough can be used again by simply gathering it up, mixing it with unused dough and rolling out again. After continued rolling (and mixing with flour), dough may get dry. Mix with a small amount of water to get it dough back to the necessary consistency. Continue until dough is gone.

Tips and Hints

  • We have lots of holiday cookie recipes on our website. Two of my favorites are Chocolate Mint Cake Cookies and Snickerdoodles.
  • No cookie cutters? No rolling pin? No problem! Roll the dough into balls and flatten them with a glass. Round cookies are just as fun to decorate as cut-outs!
  • For even more fun, check out our Snowman Truffle video.
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