One of my most favorite experiences from growing up was baking cut-out cookies with my mom. We did this AT LEAST once a year and it was always so much fun! You just can’t be grumpy when rolling out dough and cutting out cute cookies!
I tried to make the cookies last year, but something went wrong and they came out all funny. So this year, I was determined to do it right! Not to mention, this year Adelaide is old enough to participate (to a certain extent) which made it even more exciting!!
The dough turned out great and after a good four hours of chill-time in the fridge, we were ready to roll and cut!
I decided we’d have our cookie time right after lunch, that way Adelaide was already in her high chair (and had a full tummy!). It worked great! I floured her little tray and gave her a small amount of dough to play with and taste while I kneaded and worked on the big ball of dough. (This recipe doesn’t have any eggs in it, so I wasn’t too concerned with Adelaide eating raw dough…just incase you were horrified by my previous sentence!)
She was VERY interested in everything that was going on, particularly the cookie cutters. I mean, I guess I can’t blame her—shiny things in neat shapes and that make noise when you bang them together. What more could you ask for!?
After demonstrating the cutting out part a few times, she decided she wasn’t interested in that part. But the rolling part, that was she wanted to do!
So I moved her from her high chair to one of the table chairs and let her go to down with the rolling pin and a small amount of dough. She was a natural!
It was such a great activity to do with her because very little could really get “messed up”. If she wanted to roll out the dough, she could! If she wanted to cut out cookies, she could! And if she messed it all up, all I had to do was ball the dough back up and start over. And cutting out cookies is messy anyway—the flour gets all over the place. So there was virtually no difference between the mess created when she participated verses if I did it by myself. It was a fantastic experience!