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Getting crafty: Valentines Day cookies with the kids

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Ok, so this might not be a craft strictly speaking. I suppose it belongs more under the bake section. But none the less, your kids will still have loadsa fun messing in the flour and butter goop, and cookie cutting. (all whilst still stimulating their tactile senses)
Kids entertained AND stimulated?? Double WIN!

Its a plain and simple vanilla almond cookie, decorated in honour of Valentines Day. Perfect little gift for daddy or even your tot’s teacher! Or just for munching straight away.And some nice fun with your little darlings. More WINS!

What you’ll need:

    One appropriately-cladded little baker.
    Dont you just heart her cute lil’ apron! Watch this space for a nice how-to.
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    -cookie dough (store bought or homemade)
    -red, white and pink fondant
    -largish heart shaped cookie cutter
    -smaller heart shaped cookie cutter or whatever shape you’d prefer. Its your cookie, you can pimp it anyway you like.
    -rolling pin
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    ooh forgot, some cornstartch or cake flour too,for rolling.
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The recipe I use is quite easy, and pretty much flop-proof. Although Im yet to test that theory out on my friend who swears shes a “flop” when it comes to baking. (FYI, I dont believe her)

Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies recipe
Ingredients:

    3 c cake flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 c sugar
    225grams (salted) butter- cut into pieces
    1 egg
    3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Instructions:

    -Preheat oven to 180’c.
    -Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside.
    -Cream the sugar and butter together.
    -Mix in the egg and extracts.
    -Slowly sift in the flour mixed with the baking powder and beat just until combined.
    -Finally knead the dough together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.
    -Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4inch or 3/4cm thick (this just reduces the chances of ur cookie cracking n breaking during baking sheet removal and decorating. Which with a tot is very likely).
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    I recommend rolling out onto waxpaper/parchment and cutting your shapes there as well, as it may make the transfer onto baking sheet a bit easier. See if that works for u, if not, then nevermind.
    -Once all rolled out, let your little cake boss loose on the dough, and cut into heart shapes.(Or whatever shape floats your boat).

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    This is much like play dough, except way tastier. (As history has taught my DD- watch this space for that story!)

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    I recommend placing the cut out shapes that are parchment into freezer for 2-3min- once more this is just to help the transfer process.

    -Place on Cook ‘n Spray lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.
    -Let it sit 2-3 minutes on the sheet, then just gently lifting the parchment, cookies will magically come loose. Like this:
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    -Transfer to a cooling rack.

Once cool, u can start the decorating process. (It is recommended to bake these cookies well before the time you ask you ask your tot to come “join in on this baking fun decorating bit”. This so your tot, who has the attention span of a puppy, won’t get distracted by Dora the explorer, abandon ship ‘n leave you to do your own damn decorating.)

This is point where u can go wild (or as conservative as you want), and do your own thing really. Fondant is pretty damn easy to work with. In fact, unless you failed the play doughclass 101 back in creche, you cannot mess this up. So, actually your tot should be a pro at this really. You’ll be done no time, just leave it to her! (If she could just maybe stop helping Dora stop Swiper from swiping!)

Ensure you have a clean working surface once more, for rolling your fondant out. Dust the area lightly with your cornstarch or flour to ensure fondant doesnt stick to surface.
Starting with you lightest colors first, use the same cookie cutter you did for the cookie dough, on your fondant.

Go ahead and experiment with different designs, or better yet, let your tot lead the way – thats if shes still with you at this point. These were mine. Errrr, I mean our’s 🙂

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    Taadaaaa!whadya think?

(Not exactly my finest work- but, eh, was busy getting supper sorted and trying to convince my little Dora fan that it was safe to return to the kitchen for her supper, as I was not going toenslave enlist her with anynore baking tasks.)
By the by,in case your thinking this is way too much effort to corral your sticky tot into the kitchen and bake with you, did you know that baking with your child is a great way to stimulate his/her language development? Yip!For more tips on how to develop your kids language, go to this lovely little site here.

Getting up to anything crafty with ur kids for valentines this year? Please share! Would love to know!

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Author: mommabeartrax

Mother of two (and counting),a very happy wifey, blogger, lover of life and laughter, a clumsy swimmer, loyal friend, Im funnier in my head than I actually am, I get inexplicably excited about good food, baking & crafts. Although, I think baking and crafts are just trying to fill a void that my Kenpo and gym-rat days used to fill. Lastly, according to the rest of the world, I fix your printer.

16 thoughts on “Getting crafty: Valentines Day cookies with the kids

  1. Oh my gosh! I am definitely baking these right now. Will post pics of mine! Will see how my 2 year old does with decor after school ! love the post, and yes, baking is a craft!

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  2. Craving these right now…..mmmmmmmmmm. The cook is adorable. I am sure the cookies won’t be as good without the special touch of a cookie fairy. I will try it out soon. Hopefully I don’t injure anyone as my biscuits are usually used as paintball bullets:-(

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  3. Looks pretty easy. But prove is in the pudding. Cant wait to try it. Once my energy levels are up.

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  4. Hey Trax, so I was a bit sceptic about attempting to bake cookies as mine always flop. So I thought of giving your almond recipe a shot. I was totally amazed how easy it was to make and it came out PERFECT!!! I’m the Hero of the day as my colleagues & Boss are all raving about your delicious, uhm I mean my V’day cookies 😉 Thanks for sharing your recipe, it totally rocks!!! Ps! Just shared with 13 peeps who’ll try it over the weekend 😉

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  5. My Valentine’s day biscuits, inspired by your post, also turned out perfectly! I cheated and used a packet cookie mix, and then had loads of fun decorating with fondant! I would love to upload pics to here, but doesn’t seem like that’s possible…keep the recipes coming!

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