Daily Archives: November 15, 2015

Baking with a Toddler: Holiday Edition

Holiday Baking makes Christmas that much sweeter! Add in a toddler and goodness knows that a mess will surely follow.  I stand firm in my belief that messes MAKE memories.  Here are some ideas to help make the holidays sweeter with your family-including a Minnie Mouse Sugar Cookie Recipe!

Baking with a Toddler: Messes Make Memories

Messes Make Memories

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Minnie Mouse Baking Kit

You can check out a video of the unboxing HERE– and follow along on my YouTube Channel for more of our adventures in parenting!

Emma Marie and I rarely get a chance to do baking solo and loved our time in the kitchen!  Plus we were able to safely use the ingredients while Raymond was at preschool and clean up in time for pick-up!

Minnie Mouse Sugar Cookie Recipe

Makes: Four Dozen

Baking Time: 7-9 minutes(FOR-EV-ER in toddler time)

Preheat Oven: 375 degrees

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

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Baking with a Toddler

Directions

-Add sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a bowl and beat until creamy

-Stir in flour, baking powder and salt

-Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least one hour(once again, a long time in toddler time)

-Roll out dough on a floured board with floured rolling pin(from baking set) until dough is 1/8″ thick

-Cut the dough into Holiday shapes with your cookie cutters

-Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes

-After cookies have cooled, it’s time to decorate

Baking with a toddler requires MUCH more patience, but the look in their eyes as they help you create something, “Just like a BIG kid,” is quite magical.  I put down the camera and relished some one-on-one time with my big girl… plus we were covered in flour and sugar and picking up my camera wouldn’t have been a good idea.  Sticky fingers and DSLR cameras do not mix.

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Here is a sweet video of Emma Marie showing us all of the goodies that came in her Minnie Baking Set!  She has carried around the box for the past couple of days and just loves “setting up” her kitchen in various spots around the house.

Plus, I couldn’t leave out Raymond-I grabbed these two cute Itty Bitty’s from Hallmark!  They will go underneath his tiny Christmas Tree in his room.

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R2-D2 & C3PO

Can not wait to get back in the kitchen and bake up a batch of cookies to give to our friends next week!

What do you love baking during the holidays?

Did you grow up with a holiday tradition in the kitchen?

My grandmother always made a lemon meringue pie-MY FAVORITE-perhaps this year I will try to make one.

 

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