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Cooking with Kids — Holiday Cookies

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My children love baking for the holidays, probably because they love eating all of the holiday goodies.

This year, instead of baking over the period of a couple weeks, we did power baking. Baking four different kinds of cookies in a single day.

I thought I would share the kids’ favorite tried and true, already been tested cookie recipes.

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Peanut Butter Cookies, Sealed with a Kiss

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar, with extra for rolling dough in
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 package chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 375.

Before you begin making the cookies, unwrap all of the Hershey’s kisses.

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Once you have done that, and sufficiently sampled the kisses, you are ready to move on to the cookie making.

Beat the butter, sugars, and peanut butter in your mixing bowl. Beat them together until they get all creamy. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat that up.

Then add the flour, salt, and baking soda to the mixing bowl and combine it all together.

Resist the urge to eat the peanut buttery goodness right out of the bowl, you know that whole raw egg thing and all. (Though we mostly ignore this at my house. Shhhh, don’t report me to the CDC.)

Shape the dough into little balls and roll them in the extra white sugar. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 minutes. Then you want to pull the tray out and stick a Hershey’s kiss in the center of each cookie. Return the cookie tray to the oven for another 3 minutes.

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Snickerdoodles

These cinnamon sugar cookies are always asked for by my children, even when it isn’t the holiday season. It is a quick, not fussy cookie recipe.

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1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg

For rolling dough in:
2T white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Then add the egg and beat that into the creamy mixture.

In a separate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together on a shallow plate

Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

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Flatten the cookies with the bottom of a glass jar or cup. Or random can from your pantry. These will spread. Be warned. Unless you want them to grow together and make one big cookie leave enough room for the expansion.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Another easy recipe that is asked for again and again by my children.

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour

Seedless jam of your choice. We like strawberry and apricot the best.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract. (Are you sensing a pattern here?)

Mix the salt into the flour and pour it slowly into the butter mixture until the dough is crumbly but holds together when you pinch it.

Roll a ball of the dough and squeeze it a few times to make it stick together. Place the ball on an ungreased cookie sheet and then with your finger make a little well in the center of the cookie. Fill the well with 1/2 tsp of your jam.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.

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While they are baking, lick your hands clean.



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4 comments so far...

  • Mmmm……cookies!

    We make the peanut butter ones each year. They are a fave here, and a fond memory from my childhood.

    Merry Christmas!!!

    jody  |  December 24th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

  • These sound yummy!!!
    What is the temperature and time of baking for the Snickerdoodles?

    Karen  |  December 24th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  • We call those “Cyclops Cookies” and we make them every Christmas. Yum.

    Robyn  |  January 8th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

  • what is the temp and time of your snickerdoodle cookies>? thanks

    kate  |  July 21st, 2010 at 2:35 am

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