Tinkering around the kitchen is an activity that the kids always enjoy. Last Mother’s Day, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to gift the moms in our lives with yummy baked treats that the kids made in our own little kitchen. We used the sugar cookie recipe passed on by thier eldest cousin, Ally. It was the same one she used when she baked her first batch of cookies as a little pre-schooler herself. So, out came the measuring cups, mixing bowls, whisks and spoons to start our baking expedition.
Standing by our kitchen table with the ingredients and tools lined up, we put on our baking aprons and set out to follow the recipe. I printed it out on a cardboard which we propped up on one corner of the table. Since my little tots are still learning how to read, I placed some picture cues along with the instructions. Here’s the recipe for the Sugar Cookies we made:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
2. Whisk butter and sugar together until well blended.
3. Add egg and vanilla.
4. Mix in flour, salt and baking powder.
5. Mix well until thoroughly combined. If the dough is too sticky, you may add a little bit more flour.
6. Turn dough into a floured board and roll to 1/4-inch thickness using a lightly floured rolling pin.
7. Cut using lightly floured shaped cookie cutters.
8. Line cut pieces in cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes (baking time may vary so start checking after around 10 minutes).
While the treats are baking in the oven we prepared the boxes and gift baskets that we would use for packaging the treats. We prepared a big basket of cookies for Lola that also included a box of tea bags and some mints. The tita mommies got medium sized baskets with cookies and bags of coffee beans.
Their Lola and Titas loved their cookie gift baskets that can pass as one of those found in http://www.giftbaskets.com/. The little ones had several pieces left to snack on too. They enjoyed the whole baking experience too much that there’s a good chance that Lolo and the other daddies in the family will get their own cookie gift baskets too come Father’s Day.