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Christmas Cookies - Baking with Kids!

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It’s Cookie Day! It’s time to get baking with the kids.

 

Always remember, when you’re getting your hands involved with touching food, always wash your hands and dry them properly – you don’t want to get sick during the Christmas holidays. 

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a professional chef or baker to whip up a batch of cookies – and the best part about making cookies is that you can add as many different flavored ingredients as you want. Chocolate chip, fruit and nut, ginger, rainbow sprinkles, and icing cookies – the combinations are endless. Cookies are easy to make and definitely a fun afternoon activity to do with the kids, plus – it makes your house smell unbelievably nice and homely. 

In the spirit of the Christmas holidays, we simply had to share a recipe that involves something festive – a melting snowman cookie! 

Starting with a basic sugar cookie recipe you will need: 
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder 
- 1/4 teaspoon salt 
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter 
- 1 cup of granulated sugar 
- 1 large eggs 
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  

In a large bowl you need to whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then in a new bowl cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in them and vanilla. Add the powder mixture to the cream gradually, mixing it in as you go. 

Split the dough into two balls, and put them in saran wrap and freeze them for about 20 minutes so that they are firm. 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Now get your balls and roll them out it should be about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut your dough into shapes, for this specific recipe we suggest circles, but if you are not going to add the topping then cut them into any shape you want. 

Put the shapes on to baking trays and put in the oven for 10-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow cookies to cool fully. 

Now for the decoration, you will need: 
- Regular white marshmallows 
- Icing sugar 
- Water 
- Black and orange food dye. 

Mix your icing into a bowl with water until it is a consistency you are happy with (not too runny, but also not too thick as it will set a bit) Then split it into 3 bowls, have two smaller bowls and one fuller bowl. The fuller bowl with be left white, and to one smaller bowl add black dye, and to the other the orange dye. 

Now you need to ice your cookies - put the white icing in a melted look on the cookies, then add the marshmallow to one side of the cookie. Allow that part of the icing to dry and then draw on eyes, a nose, a mouth and some arms for your snowman.

Once you have finished baking these delicious goodies, don’t forget to clean up after yourself. Help your kids remove all the sticky icing from their fingers, and wipe your benches down with some household cleaning wipes. Don’t forget to give your hands a good clean before you tuck into your cookie! 

You now have super cute, festive melted snowman cookies. Enjoy them, especially today on National Cookie Day. These would also be a great treat to have around when some of your friends or family drop by!

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