Baking with Kids

The boys I nanny are getting anxious for halloween and have both chosen something online that they want to bake next week but today was a rainy day and baking needed to be done!  Between my kitchen and their kitchen we had all the ingredients to make shortbread cookies.  We used a recipe from the  Betty Crocker’s New Boys and Girls Cookbook.  I’ve had this cookbook for about 5 years!   

Heres the simple recipe:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together in a medium bowl 3/4 cup of softened butter (margarine is not recommended)  and 1/4 cup of sugar.img_5203

Stir in 1 3/4 Cups flour and a dash of salt.

Mixture will be dry and crumbly.   Pinch the mixture together with clean hands until it all sticks together.  Shape dough into a ball.  (this was the fun part!)

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Sprinkle a clean surface with flour.

Place dough on surface.  Roll or pat out dough 1/4 inch thick.  Cut dough with 2- inch cookie cutters (we used fall/halloween shapes)

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Place cut out cookies about 1/2 inch apart on cookie sheet                      .img_5212

These guys didn’t think the cookies would be sweet enough for them, so they added chocolate chips and decorative pearls (the pearls are meant to put on after baking so they melted and turned into hard globs- so if you use them…press them into the warm cookie right after you take them out of the oven).

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Bake about 10 – 15 minutes or until very light golden brown on the edges.  (start checking at 10 minutes even if your first batch took longer as some ovens continue to get a little hotter. )

Take the cookies off the cookie sheet right away with a pancake turner.        img_5216

Cool on a wire rack.

Put powdered sugar in a sieve and shake over each cookie to cover lightly.

 

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                                  img_5213           They enjoyed it with fruit and milk for their after school snack  img_5217                    Perfect rainy day snack.

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