Tips for Baking Cookies with Kids

‘Tis the season to teach your kids how to bake cookies from scratch. Whether they make kitchen gifts for teachers or cook up sweets for a family party, they’ll have fun mixing cookie batter and learning their way around the kitchen. Share these cookie baking tips with your kids.

Stock up on baking supplies
Look at your cookie recipes from the Winter Wonderland Cookie kit and other favorites. Then stock up on the ingredients, such as butter, sugar, flour, and confectioners’ sugar for frosting. With all the cookie baking basics in the cupboard, your kids will have everything they need to bake up a storm (and you won’t have to make multiple trips to the store!).

Add to your cookie cutter collection
Gather all your cookie baking tools, such as cookie sheets, dry and liquid measuring cups, mixing spoons, and potholders. If you need an extra cookie sheet, stop by a kitchen supply store to pick one up. Let the kids pick out a few new cookie cutters while you’re there.

Review cookie baking basics with the kids
Start with ingredients that are at room temperature, measure carefully (check out our fun video for tips on the difference between measuring liquid and dry goods), and bake cookies on the center rack of your oven for best results. Remind your kids to stay in the kitchen when their cookies are baking — and check them for doneness a few minutes before the timer goes off (oven temperatures can vary and no one wants their cookies to burn!).

Share homemade cookies as gifts!
Encourage your kids to share their home-baked goodies. Wrap them up in plastic or waxed paper and add a personalized gift tag. There’s nothing sweeter than a gift made with love!

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