I have always believed that being creative benefits children’s development. In my house, the kitchen is one of our favourite places for creative exploration. It’s also a natural place for me to teach my kids new things. Baking is a fun way for my 3-year-old son Rocky to learn shapes, letters, numbers and objects. With my kindergarten kid, Charlotte, I’ve found that baking gives us the opportunity to talk about so much more than ingredients and recipes — whatever is on her mind, really, from school to friendships. Baking is also a great way for us to work on maths and reading skills.
Of course, it’s easier to motivate my kids to bake cookies than anything else. So why not have some extra fun while we’re whipping up a batch? Here are my favourite ways to be creative with cookies…
Who would’ve thought that a craft stamp makes for a great baking tool? I had this star rubber stamp (food safe, too!) lying around my house. I cut my cookies with a round cutter, then took the stamp and pressed firmly into the centre of the unbaked dough. The result: A pretty star cookie!
For this all you need is an art stencil (I used an alphabet stencil), natural food colouring, and a paintbrush. Take your baked sugar cookies out of the oven. Once the cookies have cooled place the stencil in the center of the cookie, dip your paintbrush into the food colouring, and paint in the opening of the stencil. Lift the stencil to reveal your creation!
Icing and Sprinkles
It’s hard not to love a classic iced sugar cookie. For this we used my Foodstirs Organic Vanilla Frosting and added a few drops of natural red food dye. Once the sugar cookies cooled, we let the kids get involved with the icing. For the final touch, I added sprinkles on top. Sometimes you just have to keep it old school with a classic iced sugar cookie.
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Images: Sarah Michelle Gellar