Holiday Cookies!!!

This is a fun activity for you and your little ones that can be shared for the next few weeks. Kids always love participating in things grown-ups do, cooking/baking is no different, so for the next couple of weeks you should incorporate your little one in being your little helper for dessert time. There are lots of recipes floating around for holiday cookies and your little ones would love to have the responsibility of kneading the dough for any holiday cookie recipe. Wash those little hands and break out their miniature rolling pin and put their little elbows to work, they will love it. There is also nothing like fun shapes during holiday time. Crafty dollar stores have plenty of cookie cutter options available they will love being head cutter:
• Christmas Tree
• Star
• Cross
• Santa clause
• Reindeer
This is just to name a few. Another step children will love is measuring, once you explain to your little one how important it is to make sure the measurements are right he or she will see how important their job is and really appreciate their title. There is also things you can add to the cookies that make them kid friendly;
• Powder Sugar
• Edible Glitter
• Food Coloring
• Frosting
Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe to get things started…
What you guys will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Directions:
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired.

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