On Christmas, decorating cookies is one of the most looked after family traditions I have heard of, and although I’m terrible at baking, I wanted to start teaching Arianna how fun is to try new things and experiment.
You can find ready mix for cookies to buy from supermarkets, that are still pretty amazing to try and make them, or you can start from scratch and follow a recipe from start to finish.
We chose a boxed shortbread mix that came with icing and stencil for the dough as well, but I found a recipe on BBC for shortbread that requires just flour, sugar and butter and only about 20-30 minutes to finish, which is ideal for toddlers, and you can find it here if you would like to try it.
Having an outfit for the baking session makes everything more appealing and will give your toddler a chance to feel all responsible and grown up, and will protect the clothes as well not to get ruined while preparing the dough.
Arianna was able to follow instructions from start up until the oven had to be used, when I first started to give her a hand, but the rest of the instructions were so easy that she was able to do it completely alone, just supervised.
Mixing the dough is one of the most exciting parts of this session, and we stopped at this step for one full hour as it was too entertaining. There are no rules to follow and any utensils can be used to spice up the play!
From this step onwards, Arianna said she is playing with playdough (can’t blame her), as she used the rolling pin and cookies stencils and made shapes that are Christmas related and that intrigued her to know what’s coming next.
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Our cookies required just 12 minutes in the oven and that was the longest time of our life as we watched curiously the oven to see what is happening to the shortbreads inside. It was joy and cheer when the tray came out for good!
For decoration we had to be more focused, but still ended up with tiny sprinklers everywhere in the kitchen, and icing on our faces!!
The results were so delicious and although Arianna said she will save the most beautiful cookie for her dad, she ended up biting them all to see which one is tastier, and only shared half a shortbread!
I can definitely say our baking session was a success for us, but a critique will say we have burned a bit the cookies (shh, don’t say it to anyone).
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