Christmas Traditions: Baking Cookies

One of my favorite things to do with Lily, any time of the year, is baking cookies.

It becomes more special when it is Christmas time.

One thing I have learned about baking with toddlers, and now a preschooler, is to try and not set your expectations too high and to save yourself as much aggravation as possible.

I know in our house we will not be making Martha Stewart sugar cookies, or any recipe that involves a bunch of ingredients or steps.

So enter my life and time saver:

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My mom saw this rolled out, sugar cookie dough at Walmart and got it for us to try and I will say that I was pleasantly surprised with it.

When you open up the bag you have two sheets that are floured so that it doesn’t stick to your countertop when you use it.

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Lily had so much fun using the cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. I would place them so we could get the most cookies out of the sheet and then she would press down and cut out the cookie.

You could take the extra dough that you get from in between the cutters, roll it out and make more cookies. (I couldn’t find my rolling pin so I threw the scraps away.)

We were able to make 14 cookies using this method.

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After the cookies were done I asked Lily what color cookies did she want, she said green and I made the easiest icing ever.

The icing was made out of 1 cup of powdered sugar and about 8 tsp of milk. (The recipe said 4 tsp of milk but I had to add more.) I added about five drops of green food coloring and whisked it together with a fork.

I poured the icing into a shallow bowl and dipped the front of the cookies in the icing and let it drip off before they were put on a cooling rack for the icing to harden.

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The cookies turned out really great. I heard that there is also sheets of gingerbread just like these sugar cookies and I am anxious to give them a try.

But the biggest test is from our little Cookie Monster.

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She gave them two thumbs up.

Do you have any special cookies that you like to bake during the holidays? Leave your comments below.

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