We have grown to love traditions in our home. As the kids have grown some of our traditions have evolved while others have stayed the same. One of our favorite traditions which hasn't changed at all and that has no spiritual significance, is cookie making.  Decorating cookies delights the kids and in a sense is a therapy to them. There's the mixing of the dough. Then there's the rolling of dough, cutting out of the cookies, and baking them. Then the fun of dyeing and mixing the frosting so we can smear the baked cutouts and sugar them. Such fun. From the smallest to the biggest heads are down in concentration. Creating delectable little masterpieces. Such fun.

The recipe we use is one from the More-With-Less cookbook. I'll write down the recipe for you. It's perfectly safe to eat raw too, as there is no egg product.

Oatmeal Cookies with a Purpose:

Purpose: Constructive fun for children
1.Cookie Dough
Cream Together:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dry milk solids
  • 1/2 cup water
Beat well. Sift together:

  • 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
Fold into creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into small portions and chill.
2. Clean kitchen table.
3. Pie plates and cookie pans.
4. Rolling pins from toy bake sets or small round bottles
5. Animal cookie cutters or christmas cutters
6. Aprons or old towels to protect clothing.
7. Children aged 2 and up.

Extra Requirements:
1. Patience
2. Loving kindness
3. Smiles
4. praise, given out liberally
5. Wisdom to help children share tools
6. pretend dark glasses, so you don't see the mess..

1. Sprinkle flour on table for each child.
2. Distribute dough.
3. Demonstrate how to roll pieces... or if you've been doing this long enough and the older kids know how, have them demonstrate.
4. Preheat oven to 325.
5. Put on those dark glasses and avoid seeing the trail of flour from table to flour or from table to mouth..
6. Pop pans in oven and bake 10-15 minutes.

Make icing. I use royal icing found on joyofbaking.com

Let the kids decorate their cookies and of course sprinkle with sugar and other pretty, christmasy toppings.

1. Sparkling eyes
2. Happy Faces
3. Grimy hands
4. Bulging cheeks
5. Sweet voices, saying "Mmmm, Good, yummy in my tummy."
6. Spontaneous hugs from flour-covered arms.
7. A few cookies.


CHiggins said...

Remember when you used to save me some dough and "hide" it from mom ??

CLR said...

Of course I do! That was one of my favorite parts, setting some aside for you. ;)

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing! Love these pictures. We miss you guys already! Also, happy belated birthday to Colby!

Karen said...

Love the picture ... such neat traditions should never be lost.

Claire Higgins said...

Love to see all the kiddos 'round the table :) thanks for sharing!

john.reynolds1@mac.com said...

great pictures and story!

Jackie Lynn said...

one of my faves!