Mmmm! The smell of fresh baked cookies is in the air. Is there anything better than Christmas cookie time? Over the last few weeks, friends have been making sugar cookies, rum balls, chocolate fudge, snicker doodles, persimmon spice cookies…the list goes on. There is something about Christmas that pulls all of the bakers of the country out of the woodwork. Even my youngest daughter took on the challenge this year and learned how to bake.
Kristine is 10, and started with simple chocolate chip cookies. Once she had that mastered, I was apparently no longer needed in the kitchen. She now pours over recipe books until she finds something interesting and “tweeks” it to make it her own. I am not allowed to help at all. Last week she found a chocolate cookie recipe that she adapted by adding crushed candy canes instead of white chocolate. The cookies turned out soft and cake like with just a hint of peppemint. While Kristine was disappointed in the outcome (she likes crunchy cookies), I ate half the plate.
It never ceases to amaze me how capable our children are if we simply give them the room to learn and grow. The goal of Frontier Girls is to foster that independence and give the girls a place to expand their interests. By 10 years old, kids are capable of doing just about anything an adult is, if they are given the time to practice and learn. The deal I have with my daughter is that she is welcome to bake as long as she cleans up after herself. It is wonderful to finish up a long day and have fresh baked cookies on the counter and a clean kitchen!
If you are looking for a quick, fun, last minute cookie project to do with your kids, try making reindeer cookies. No cooking required!
You will need:
- 1 package of Nutter Butter cookies
- 1 tube of white frosting
- brown M&Ms
- red M&Ms
- small pretzels (the twisted type, not the sticks)
- wax paper.
Lay out your cookies on the wax paper leaving enough room to add antlers (the pretzels) on top. Use the frosting to attach a pretzel to the top of the cookie. Do the same with two brown M&Ms attached to the front of your cookie for eyes, and a red M&M for a nose, and you have a quick and easy reindeer cookie! Yum!
(If you would like more extensive instructions for the cookies above, or ideas for other cookies, visit http://caffeineandaprayer.com/2008/12/16/reindeer-cookies-and-edible-wreaths/ . In addition to some great cookie ideas, Caffeine and a Prayer does great mom style product and movie reviews and is especially good if you live in the D.C. area as she posts a variety of local activities as well.)