Christmas is a great time for decorating cookies, but everyone (especially everyone with children) knows that you can come up with pretty much any excuse for making and decorating cookies. Valentine’s Day! It’s the first day of Fall! We have a baseball game today! I love the color blue! It’s raining.
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When gathering a brood of children together to make and/or decorate cookies, here are some helpful tips:
- Make the dough ahead of time. If you have multiple families or groups coming together, each could bring their own batch of dough already made and chilled. Remind them at the same time to bring a big container for the baked cookies that they will bring back home!
- Try to gather enough rolling pins (bonus points if you have some small ones–even if they’re usually for toy kitchens). Kids are much more happily involved if they can get working right away and not have to wait around for tools.
- Have each child choose one or two cookie cutters to use. That might seem like too few, but if every child has 1 or 2 cutters, that still adds up quickly! They can choose special ones from home so that they can share their fun shapes and cutters with their friends.
- Use parchment paper on the baking sheets. Especially once sprinkles come out, the parchment paper will save your baking sheets from getting glued-on sprinkles. It will also be easy to transfer between trays of cookies if you have several batches of cookies to bake.
- Your refrigerator is your friend. Always, ALWAYS put the formed, decorated cookies in the refrigerator (or even freezer) for at least a few minutes before you bake them. This helps cool the butter in the dough and make for a more tender cookie. If the cookies are baked right away after being overworked by the eager younger bakers, they will yield a much more tough and dry cookie. A few minutes in the fridge can make all the difference!
- Use small bowls and small spoons for the sprinkles. Some dishes of sprinkles are harder than others to sprinkle easily out of their containers.
Cutting Out a Theme
Any holiday, season, sport, activity, movie, subject, or hobby can become a theme by searching through your cookie cutters and pairing things together. What fun combinations do you have in your cookie cutters?