How to Make a Hand Sugar Cookie for Fun with Children #recipe #foodie

Making sugar cookies is fun and easy. I have found that sugar cookies are the one to-be-baked food that we always have ingredients in the household for. I wanted to put a twist on sugar cookie baking the other day to make it more fun for my silly sons and this is what we created…. Sugar Cookie Hands. I also wanted to include the recipe we used for sugar cookies to ensure you know how to make them as fluffy as we did.

Step one is to make the sugar cookie dough according to the ingredients and instructions on the recipe card below.

Once the sugar cookie dough is ready for shaping, you can start with the below steps. Flatten out the dough about 1/4″ thick on wax paper or similar, I used aluminum foil, but wouldn’t recommend that because it honestly ended up sticking to much to the dough.

How to Make Sugar Cookie Hands for Toddlers

Place your child hand on the sugar cookie dough and use a plastic knife or butter knife to trace your child’s hand, let them trace cut it out if they are old enough to utilize a plastic knife or butter knife.  Get the hand shape cut out completely, this is no easy task and may be messy. We honestly ended up with a four finger hand and had to mold a fifth finger onto the dough, hence our odd looking hand below.

How to Make Sugar Cookie Hands

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Flour, Sugar, Butter, and Pure Laughter

Last night my son’s weren’t too happy about the lack in after school snack upon their pick up from school. You see, my sons get out of school ready to eat their arm off because they are just so hungry. I usually grab something quick and this particular afternoon, I used some change to grab them each 2 munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. Wrong choice. Total meltdown over not wanting such a treat. I was in shock, figured they would have been excited to have a random small treat. Nope. They were upset, but using my Mom skills they finally accepted the treats and rode home with little issues. Upon arrival to our driveway the little one says “let’s make cookies”, I was all for this idea but uncertain what ingredients I had in my kitchen. Then it was realized, we can make sugar cookies. That’s when the plan unfolded.

Making Sugar Cookies

First step was to ensure neither boy had any homework or papers for me to sign in their backpacks. Next, Mama had to get that mess of a kitchen cleaned up just so we could make another mess of the kitchen. The boys played cheerfully on the Playstation 3 Demo of Minecraft. No fighting. I was in shock. I had the music on low and was washing dishes and setting up the bowls for our sugar cookie experience. I haven’t ever made sugar cookies with just my sons, and honestly I was shocked to find out that Aj actually wanted to join us. You see, Aj is now off medications. As of Monday, he has not had a mg of any medication, sadly he came down with a bug for the past few days, but today, he was back on track with no sickies. Aj was having his first real evening without medication and it was such a lovely evening to boot!

The boys had a blast measuring and mixing, K-man has helped in the kitchen quite often in years past so he knows his way around the kitchen but Aj hasn’t helped in the kitchen in many years, so this was fun to watch him learn how to measure things and to really have fun helping put sugar, butter and vanilla extract into his bowl. K-man had the job of whisking the flour and baking soda together, wrong kid for the job but hey he had a blast! Then, it happened, K-man started realizing how much of a cool mess he could make with flour and started tossing it around, hands flying, his face full of smiles and pure laughter. Aj grumbled a little because he didn’t want any on him but I assured Aj that when we bake, we make a mess and it’s FUN!

Sugar, Flour and Pure Laughter

What happened next I never could have imagined wouldn’t have created a throw down match between my sons, but … it didn’t. My youngest decided it would be cool to toss flour at his brother. OMG, I shuddered. I cringed. I watched careful, on guard ready to protect K-man from the normal wrath of a ticked off Aj when …. Aj started laughing! A full blown laughter fit. K-man was laughing, Aj was laughing and I too joined in. I was so happy in that moment, a moment I will forever remember. Could this be because he isn’t on medications anymore? Could it be that my ‘real son’ is shining through after so many years of being on various medications? I don’t care what it is, all I know is I am so happy to have witnessed and been part of this lovely evening with my sons.

Pure laughter. Nothing more, nothing less. Later that night, as I sung the boys to sleep and tucked them in, a tear fell down my face. I felt so much love and happiness, I felt at peace, for the first time in a long time and that made me realize that maybe, just maybe …. my sweet Aj may be better off without those high risk medications after all. Maybe. It was one day, and I will take it. Keeping Faith there are many more of these days to follow.

Make Your Own Sugar Cookies Recipe #foodie #recipe

This past weekend we had company over and the girls had a blast looking up ways to make their own sugar cookies. This is their creation. A delicious recipe and treat worth sharing with you all.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • pinch of salt

Mixing Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Additional Items Needed

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
  • Mixer
  • Baking sheet(s) x 2
  • Spoon for putting mix onto baking sheet

Sugar Cookie Dough Prepared for Firming

Start Making the Sugar Cookies

  • In a bowl, with mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla extract. On low, beat in flour and salt.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each half into a 1/2-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm. {we used aluminum foil}
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • On floured surface, roll dough 1/8-inch thick; cut into shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to racks to cool. Decorate as desired; store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze, undecorated, up to 3 months.

Hershey Kisses on Sugar CookiesAdditional options for you to do could be to place a Hershey Kiss on top of each sugar cookie, the girls only had a handful of chocolate kisses, so they placed a few on some of the cookies. Place the kiss on the sugar cookies after they come out of the oven, to allow for the Hershey Kisses to “melt” into the cookie.

This recipe yields approximately 30 cookies.

Pecan Cookie Recipe

GE’s Test Kitchen Manager Brigid Blocker shares her personal cookie recipe that is the favorite of her three grown sons.

Pecan Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. water
2 cups pecans, finely ground

Cream butter and sugar until light.  Add remaining ingredients, and mix well.  Chill dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into ¾” balls.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20-23 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Roll warm baked cookies in granulated sugar.  After cookies have cooled completely, store in airtight container.

Makes 6 – 8 dozen cookies.

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*Note image is not that of the recipe shared. It’s simply an image of cookies.

A Christmas Cookie Tradition with a Twist

In these times of prepared foods and mini-marts, it’s understandable that many folks forego baking and decorating Christmas cookies and settle for store-bought instead. It’s the patient home cook who bakes dozens of cookies, one sheet at a time, in a traditional radiant heat oven. And really, how many Santas, stars and trees can you slather with icing and spot with sprinkles before your eyes glaze over?

Rather than let the cookie cutters gather dust in the pantry this holiday season, try holding a Christmas cookie decorating contest. By injecting a little friendly competition into your cookie decorating process, you can create an activity that brings your entire family together or adds some merriment to your cookie party. And with advances in cooking technology — such as convection ovens — the home cook can bake multiple sheets of cookies, all at the same time, with the confidence that each cookie will be come out of the oven evenly browned.

Rules:
The rules for our Christmas cookie decorating contest are simple and forgiving:

  1. Anyone of any age can participate.
  2.  Each competitor can decorate as many cookies as he or she likes.
  3. Competitors must decorate the cookie so that the finished product differs from the cookie cutter’s intended shape. In other words, a Santa-shaped cookie can’t be decorated as a Santa — the finished product must be something else, say, a boy in a canoe; a Christmas tree shape could become a colorful fish; a gingerbread man turned upside down, an insect’s face.
  4. Breaking off parts of the cookie to alter its shape is discouraged.
  5. This should be a fun activity. Good-natured ribbing or boasting is allowed.

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