Who doesn’t get excited with cookies? And, what if they are shapes that you love? For me, it’s like getting a ballerina Christmas ornament, but it’s better, you can eat it! (if you didn’t know, I used to do ballet and was obsessed with collecting anything with a ballet motif)
Well, our 21 months old boys happen to be going through an Animal craze (for a while now) and also numbers, letters, and colours are something that they are really into now. When I first gave them some store-bought animal crackers it blew their minds. They were so excited every single time they took a bite! And that really encouraged them to say the names and sounds of the animals. Of course, they have plenty of animal toys to learn from as well, but what kids don’t love cookies?! Learning can be fun when they get to eat it afterwards! Because of the enthusiasm my boys have toward learning things, and snacks, I got the idea of baking my own cookies that are shapes of their favorite things. It was a hit!
Aren’t they adorable? My boys were so excited and were calling out the animal names and numbers, over and over! The good thing about these is that because I know the ingredients I feel better about giving them these sweets.
I used a plain sugar cookie recipe, with less sugar, but you can probably make it healthier by adding some vegetable flakes, or replace the butter with vegetable oil. Here is the recipe I use when using cookie cutters. It is a simple recipe but the dough doesn’t crumble so it’s perfect to handle when making shapes!
Basic Sugar Cookies
- 100 grams of butter
- 50 grams of sugar
- 1 egg
- 250 grams of flour
- 5 grams of baking powder
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- Sift the flour and baking powder.
- Whisk the softened butter and sugar well, add the egg and mix some more.
- Add the flour and baking powder into the mix above and fold the dough until smooth.
- Add a few drops of vanilla extract and fold the dough again.
- Let the dough sit in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Roll out the dough and cut out the shapes.
- Preheat the oven to 350C and bake for 12 minutes.
This day, I used the cookie cutters that are the shapes of Mickey Mouse, Cat, bunny, dog, and numbers. Since I became a parent, I started to collect, and have been given, cookie cutters and now I know the purpose. I look forward to making cookies together with my boys when they are a bit older.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to enjoy cooking and baking, and to have more people other than my husband that get excited! I wish I was more talented and able to create much more artistic and aesthetic baking, but my current at-home critics don’t judge me. Hehe. If you are thinking about Christmas baking with your kids, maybe try some cute cookie shapes that they get excited about! Dinosaurs, cars, whatever!
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