When you are invited to bake holiday cookies with a precious curly-haired four year old, you know you must be someone special. So, I packed up my favorite baking pans and rolling pin and headed to the home of friend and fellow blogger, Leigh Hines (Hines Sight Blog). Have rolling pin, will travel? Absolutely.
Leigh’s daughter had requested this event not long after meeting me last summer. She and I share a special bond–we’re both curly headed girls! It was an instant connection only made stronger by the fact that I could converse with her about ALL of the Disney princesses.
Baking with children is not only fun, but it can be a great way to teach math, kitchen safety, and share a life skill that will stay with them forever. Having baked with my own children, who are now grown, I knew engaging my curly-haired friend in hands-on work would be important. I chose easy to decorate shapes: candy cane and snowflake. I opted for colored sugar and three colors of icing to keep in simple. She was a pro at helping me roll out the dough and cut the cookies. Decorating is the best part, but it can be difficult for a little one to wait for that task. So, while the cookies cooled, she assisted me with measuring the ingredients for the icing. When waiting became cumbersome, she was easily reengaged rolling out some of the excess dough and cutting out a few more cookies (to be baked while we decorated).