Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kid-Friendly Cookie Recipe

My daughter loves to make cookies. However, it seems like a lot of work to make cookie dough and then have her "help" me, only to find that we can't really give any of the cookies away because she coughed on the dough, licked the spoon, etc. Hey, we start with clean hands, but I can only watch her so closely! She has gotten a lot better. Today all she did was cough on the dough. Don't worry, we won't be taking these anywhere.

So when my sister sent me this recipe for Snickerdoodles using a cake mix, I thought it would be the perfect toddler helping recipe.

First, gather your ingredients.
Mix 1 cake mix (the recipe called for a yellow cake mix, I used a white cake mix because that is what I had on hand), 1/3 cup oil, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla. Let your child mix it. Have I mentioned how much I love my dough whisk? So easy for my daughter to stir with!

When she gets tired of stirring, finish mixing it yourself. It should look like this when you are done.

Mix 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a separate bowl. My daughter stirred this, too -- this is how I got the cookie mixture away from her so I could finish stirring it!

Scoop out a spoonful of dough and roll into a ball:
Let your child cover them in cinnamon and sugar.
Line them up on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes (9 minutes was perfect for our oven!)

Let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes (or longer, if you can wait!)

Serve with a tall glass of milk.
We also added some food coloring because my little girl believes all things should be pink:

Really Easy Snickerdoodles

1 yellow cake mix

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 c. oil

2 eggs

Mix ingredients, roll into balls.

Roll balls in cinnamon and sugar (1/2 c. sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon)

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

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