December 21, 2012

Christmas Cookies, Toddler Style

Christmas Cookies, Toddler Style
Christmas Cookies, Toddler Style
This Christmas, we've adopted a pretty minimalist attitude when it comes to decorations and activities because we're in the middle of trying to finish up a lot of little projects before the celebrations begin. As such, I had no intention of making sugar cookies this year, but then the Christmas spirit got the best of me and before I knew it, I had promised the toddler that we would decorate cookies that night.

The excitement was palpable. In fact, it was so palpable that I am wishing for new eardrums for Christmas.

Once the cookies were made and the little lass was put to bed, the three of us attacked those cookies with a vengeance. The experience involved dumping half a canister of sprinkles out on one cookie, snitching chocolate chips between decorating, and culminated when my son realized that he could dunk a cookie into the frosting and stick it straight into his mouth. A child after my own heart.

So even though I had no intention of dedicating the time and effort to make these cookies this year, I'm so glad we did. It was a great memory with the little guy and one that we'll be able to share with Evelyn... as soon as she is old enough to understand that we don't dive headfirst into the frosting bowls.  In the meantime, if any of you are looking for an easy cookie recipe this Christmas, here is the one that we used:

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: 2/3 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 4 teaspoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 2 cups flour

To make: Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix in remaining ingredients. Chill dough. Roll out, cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Combine powdered sugar and skim milk until proper consistency is achieved and color with food coloring to frost.

As you can see, the frosting job on the cookies was... shall we say, interesting? But I have it on good authority that Santa will think they're pretty delicious anyway.


  1. This made me laugh for two reasons. First, Sophia loved doing this. Their cookies look pretty similar, but you ended up with more frosting on your cookies. Second, the last time I asked you for a baked goods recipe you also said it needed "Flower." Are you guys using special flowers in your cookies? :)

    1. Hahaha! Looks like the toddler's definition of using flowers in our cookies is rubbing off on me... either that or the need to learn to proofread before I post!