Have Fun Baking Christmas Cookies With The Kids

Baking Christmas cookies has been a long-standing tradition.   These cookies are often prepared in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus.  Children are thrilled and excited about the impending arrival of Santa and they are anxious to help make some cookies for him.  Baking cookies with the kids can be a wonderful bonding experience, but it can also be a very trying time.  Here are a few hints and tips to follow so baking cookies with the kids will not be trying, but will be a fun experience.

Make sure the day you choose to make cookies with the kids is a day when you have nothing else planed.  You don’t want to rush through this time and you don’t want to have the added pressure of something else on your schedule.  This is a time to enjoy the kid’s company, have a great fun time, and make some precious memories with your child.  You want your children to look back at Christmas and remember the enjoyment of baking the Christmas cookies.

Before you start the baking be sure everyone is well rested and well fed.  This is important.  You know the dangers of eating things such as raw eggs which are in cookie dough and other Christmas candies and confections.  You don’t want to risk the health of your children by their tasting the raw dough.  If they are already full, raw dough may not be such a great temptation.

Be sure you have all the necessary ingredients for each recipe before you begin.  Some cookie dough does not wait well for that final ingredient and children don’t understand very well when they are interrupted from their baking project to make a quick trip to the store.

Make sure each child gets a turn at the fun stuff.  Let them (if they are old enough) use the mixer and watch the things spin around.  Let the children choose their favorite cookie for making on the next batch.  Make some cookies that you allow the children to decorate and paint just for fun and for their own personal enjoyment.  Children love the feeling of making their own cookies and are so proud of them.  Decorating their own cookies is bound to bring smiles.

On cookie baking day with the children you need a big dose of patience.  There are going to be spills and messes so expect it and smile thorough it.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Since we make little messes every day it should not be a shock when a really big mess is made on this one day.  This is one of the reasons you want to plan your cookie making with the kids on a day when the calendar is clear.  You will need time to clean up when the baking is done.  You will probably also be exhausted.

You should have smooth sailing with your Christmas baking with the children if you follow some of the steps above.  Enjoy the cookie baking experience with the children. Before you know it, they will be grown and no longer interested in making cookies with you.  You and the children will, however, have precious memories of the fun times spent together making the Christmas cookies.