How to Bake Sugar Cookies with Your Toddler


I'm not much of a baker. I've baked things here and there but I've never really had the drive to do it regularly. For some reason (ok, probably due to my new Netflix binge The Great British Baking Show) I felt compelled to make a date to bake cookies with Grace on Saturday. I wanted something that would be simple, but also lent itself the opportunity for a little creativity so we decided upon sugar cookies. Good practice for Christmas, right?

Toddler Sugar Cookies
(aka this recipe from food.com)

Step 1: Cream butter and sugar
Admittedly we had to look this one up, but it gave me a chance to take out my highly underutilized Kitchen Aid mixer (yay!). While I was mixing, I let Grace at it with a whisk and a bowl and the leftover bits of shaved butter to keep her busy.

Step 2: Add the egg and vanilla.
Grace wanted to try the vanilla and was horrified to find out what it really tasted like. Rite of passage.

Step 3: Add the dry ingredients. 
Oops. I kind of dumped them in and forgot to add slowly after mixing them all together. 

Step 4: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board. 
The moment Grace has been waiting for! 30 seconds later she realizes it's not as fun as it looks and I have to take over.

Step 5: Cut out shapes and bake at 400F for 7-12 minutes.
Fun with cookie cutters! This part did not disappoint. I wanted to stick to the hearts but Grace wanted to use all the cookie cutter shapes we had - Christmas Trees, Doves, Gingerbread Men, you name it.

Step 6: Remove from oven, let cool then DECORATE!
After I lost her for a while to Daddy's leaf piles, she returned to frost exactly 2 cookies. Leaving the rest for me. Hmmm Making Cookies with a 3 Year Old. Sounds about right.

Check out our video to see the cookie making in action! I'm still kicking myself for not holding the phone the right way. I'm sorry. It won't happen again. : /




Easy Sugar Cookies