Baking Christmas Cookies With Your Children – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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I wanted to write a post about the idyllic process of baking Christmas cookies with children. I bought the ingredients and the materials we needed. I prepared the kitchen and the camera to take beautiful pictures, and then I called for the angels to come and help me.

Within 10 seconds of mixing the ingredients, I knew this whole thing was going to be a nightmare. Baking with a 2 and 4 years old is NOT fun, people. They do not obey instructions, the lick everything around them, and they think that distributing flour around the kitchen is more fun than mixing it with eggs and sugar.

I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but we all know the only reason why young children help baking cookies is to consume as much cookie dough as possible as soon as the adult in charge turns their back on them.

Here are the cookie cutters I bought at Sur la Table. They are pretty cute, but they need to be covered with flour for the dough not to get stuck on them.

jestcafe.com- christmas cookies1 jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies15Here are the beautiful pictures of my children trying to help:jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies12jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies25jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies22jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies21Here are the pictures of my children with their shoes on the table, right next to the cookie dough that we will consume in a matter of hours:jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies18jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies17jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies23jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies26jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies19 jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies14jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies13Here are the behind the scenes photos of my children putting their hands and mouth on the cookie ingredients whenever possible:
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jestcafe.com-christmas-cookies28jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies11 Here are some pictures of my children and their gingerbread houses. This is what you call insane sugar crazy mode. My kids have become sugar zombies.jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies2 jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies3 jestcafe.com-xmas-cookies4 jestcafe.com- christmas cookies 5

In the last couple of weeks we have baked a lot of cookies, so I tried a lot of recipes. If you are crazy enough to want to do butter cookies with your children, this is the recipe I liked the best. It is from allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Prep
 15 m / Cook 
10 m / Ready In
 1 h 40 m

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least one hour. Chill cookie sheets.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Press dough out onto ungreased, chilled cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden at the edges. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

For the icing I used this recipe, but I added more milk than what they recommend. I like softer icing because it is easier to apply to the cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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7 replies
  1. Carina says:

    I love all of the pictures! The one with the little hands above the golden yellow mixture in the bowl is so simple and beautiful. You will always smile when you look back and remember this crazy Christmas baking experience. Enjoy a wonderful Holiday season and all the best in the New Year! Xo

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  2. Leslie says:

    I hate baking. For one thing I suck at it; probably because I hate it and therefore never do it enough to get good. And, I don’t like having a bunch of baked goods around because well, I’ll eat them. I especially hate baking with the boys who are now 6 and 8. Like you said, they are disgusting (fingers in nose, underwear, ears etc.) and make an awful mess. Over the years I’m narrowed the scope of the Christmas cooking baking project. I now let them roll out, cut and decorate just a couple of trays and then those are their personal cookies. It somehow keeps the damage to a minimum and leaves the adults some un-filthy cookies to enjoy. Bah humbug.

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