Dear Creatives, When it comes to baking we just can’t get enough lately. We love trying new recipes like these Snicker-Doodles. Not only does baking have results but, you can teach your kids a lot when baking. As they get older the tasks can get more complex. When they are young you can start out simple by letting them help stir, handing you something like a box of baking soda or the spatula. What ever you do, have fun! If you are enjoying it, don’t mind the potential of extra mess kids are going to have fun & learn while baking; so will you.
As your kids get older they will become more familiar with all the essentials, can help speed up the process all while still learning. One day before you know it they’ll be baking you something all by themselves. Baking & cooking are skills that can help them in every day life. Knowing what is needed, learning how to stock a pantry & check dates, proper rotation of products in your pantry(fifo-first in first out)…… Who knows, they even may use some of these skills in a job some day.
Often when we are baking we only think of the glorious end product your baked or cooked goods, but if you dig a little deeper you can find it is bonding time, learning time & skill making time! It’s never too early to start, within reason that is. Now on to the finished product Sammie helped me bake. Her victory, our Snicker-Doodle Cookies.
These were so good you just couldn’t have one. Seriously I couldn’t keep Sammie’s hands out of the cookie jar so to speak.
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One of the things I do when having her help me is grab all the needed ingredients by reading the recipe. I double check for any forgotten items & we grab them. On this day we found out that the butter was in too small a bowl to cream with the sugar. Sammie just looked at me with this what are we going to do now looks. I asked her what should we do? Her response I need a bigger bowl.
We grabbed it transferred it into the bigger bowl & she continued to cream the butter & sugar. Then added eggs & vanilla. Next added flour mixture. After we put the dough in the fridge for 5 min to firm it up to roll the balls.(this helps keep dough from sticking to hands if it was so soft) Then she began to roll the balls. I explained you have to try & get them similar & size. We tag teamed it. Her rolling, me pressing before you knew it 3 sheets of cookies.
While they baked I cleaned up & Sammie helped put a few of the pantry items away. For me I like to keep it mostly fun, I want her to enjoy it. I know all too soon I’ll be asking her to help with the dishes. For now that, along with taking the puppy out to play while she waits is good enough. But, what I’m getting at here is each year as they get older they can take more responsibility in the process & still have fun.
The victory is having a deliciously good cookie. Slightly crisp on the outside, tender & chewy in the center! Ah, wasn’t that worth it? When can we bake some more is what I hear quite often. Like music to my ears I have another up & coming baker in the family.
I made this little chart to help show all the skills kids can get from just tagging along & baking or cooking in the kitchen with mom. If I left any out feel free to chime in via comments. I hope this helps you open up your kitchen & skills to help your kids learn some valuable lessons. Let them have simple victories with their baking, while ending up with the biggest victory of all a basket full of skills & of course Snicker-doodles!
Here’s the Snickerdoodle Recipe
What is your favorite baking memory?