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Grandparents column: Include children in holiday baking

8:01 AM, Dec. 12, 2012  |  Comments
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Young children are eager to taste whatever comes out of the holiday oven. You have their complete attention when you cook together. Cooking incorporates teamwork, perseverance, following directions, measuring, mathematical conversation, and creativity. For more holiday activities to help develop successful children see the authors' book "Learning Through the Seasons" at museums, bookstores, online at grandparentsteachtoo.org, e-books on Smashwords.com, and podcasts at wnmufm.org.

Successful cooking experiences

Find a time when the family has no other commitments and the children are rested. A weekend afternoon might be a good time to be together in the kitchen to converse and sing holiday songs. Choose several simple fun recipes and let children pick one. Discuss the steps as you go along. Allow children to help measure, add, and stir the ingredients. Be sure to keep safety in mind for rotating blades and hot appliances.

Allow children some choices decorating and encourage them to be creative. Give them plenty of praise regardless of the outcome. Perhaps share with another family, friend, or neighbor. Involve the children cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.

Here's a new twist on sugar cookies:

Rudolph Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour, teaspoon salt, 1 cup unsalted softened butter, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla. (For chocolate dough: After the last third of flour has been added to the dough, mix in 1 ounce melted, slightly cooled unsweetened chocolate. Use hands to knead in the chocolate. Children love to knead.)

In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, stir in the egg, then the corn syrup and vanilla extract. One third at a time, add the flour mixture until thoroughly mixed. Pat the dough into two disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or until firm enough to roll. If it is too firm, soften at room temperature for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll one disk of dough between two pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap with no flour, inch thick. Remove the top sheet and cut out in a triangle shape for the deer head. Using a metal spatula, transfer the shapes to baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or when cookies start to brown lightly around edges.

Frosting to hold two brown M&Ms for eyes, one red for nose, and two twisted pretzel halves for antlers: 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar, cup softened unsalted butter, teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

What else can we do?

Read the book "Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons" by Amy Krause Rosenthal or her follow-up book, "Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love."

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