Baking with toddlers. It’s going to be messy, might even be frustrating. However, if you learn to let go of expectations, accept that your kitchen will be covered in flour, it can be a great time! It helps nurture their creativity and improve their fine motor skills. Being in the kitchen with my kids are some of my fondest memories. Here are some tips to make the activity more seamless and sharing one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes!
This recipe comes from my dear friend Emma. What are the odds of meeting someone who lives next door to you, is the same age as you, who has the same hobbies and has a child the same age as your own?? Those odds are slim friends and I hit the freaking jackpot. My neighbour is better than your neighbour. Just sayin’.
Emma’s sugar cookies are thick, fluffier and has a cake like texture due to the sour cream. Another thing I like about this recipe is it’s not very sweet. I find sugar cookies use a lot of royal icing and that alone is very sweet. A cookie base that is less so makes for an overall more balanced cookie eating experience. I will also share a thinner, crispier sugar cookie down the road but for now, try these!
Emma’s Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1) No sour cream – use 2 1/2 cups of flour
2) Substitute 1/4 flour with 1/4 cup cocoa or add 3 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate
– Mix dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder. Put aside.
– Cream butter, sour cream, and sugar.
– Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
– Add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Mix until soft dough forms.
– Divide dough into two batches. Mould into two round discs, cover with plastic wrap.
– Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400F
-Flour table surface and rolling pin. Roll dough to 1/8″ or thicker. Thicker cut makes for nicer cookies.
-Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 6-8 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown.
I used this icing recipe for my cookies. Its a straightforward royal icing for sugar cookies. Click here.
Tips on decorating cookies with toddlers
- To minimize mess, use different containers for sprinkles, decorative candy, and sanding sugar. Use one container at the time.
- Use shaker bottles for sugar and sprinkles. Keeps the flow slower and hopefully, more clean.
- Have them decorate their cookies on cookie sheets (I used two small quarter sheets). It helps catch stray sprinkles. Afterwards you can dump leftover sprinkles into a container and reuse.
- My kids were too young to pipe their own cookies, so I piped the icing for them. But you can buy ready made icing in tubes that they can squeeze onto their cookies.
- Alternately, you can also put little bowls of icing, give them a spoon and help them spread.
Their cookies won’t be the prettiest but it will be made with so much love. And they will be so proud at their creations. Let go, expect a mess, and have fun! Enjoy!