Cooking on vacation with children is a bit like babysitting cats. Children don’t always pay attention or follow instructions. Disorders happen – everywhere. Parents can be in a rush, trying to fit baking into a short time between dinnertime and bedtime.
These 15 tips will help you create memories as well as the inevitable messes.
1. Embrace the mess. Cooking is messy. Adjusting your expectations and accepting the messy reality of holiday baking will make the job easier and more fun.
2. Memories take time. Instead of trying to prepare for baking at the end of the day, pick a time when you’re not in a rush. A weekend afternoon is perfect.
3. Create space. Clear your counter or kitchen island. It may be easier to use a folding table, especially if your counter is too high for children to reach.
4. Start clean. Wash your hands, wipe down counters and work areas, and wash or rinse mixing bowls as needed.
5. No replacements. Follow the recipe steps and use the recommended ingredients for best results.
6. Use the right things. Cookies and cakes made with real butter and vanilla taste better.
7. Consider a multigenerational baking session. Most grandparents enjoy cooking with their grandchildren. They can also share fun baking stories with you.
8. Measure ingredients over the sink. This helps prevent accidentally adding too much of an ingredient into your mixing arc.
9. Break the eggs into a bowl before adding them to your recipe. It’s easier to remove the eggshell pieces if the egg is the only thing in the bowl.
10. Shortcuts are okay! If your kids are young or easily distracted, use premade refrigerator cookie dough instead of making it from scratch or add your own twist to a cake or boxed cookies.
11. Let your kids be creative. Trees don’t have to be green and it’s okay if the bells have faces.
12. Get the teens in on the fun too. Holiday baking isn’t just for toddlers. Cook together as a family or let teens and tweens invite a friend over.
13. Use a tray to hold the cookies you are decorating. The sprinkles will be a little less messy if you’re decorating on a large serving platter.
14. Be careful with the vermicelli. Make sure the top is tight and show your kids how to shake the container. If you don’t, they might knock it over!
15. Relax and have fun. These days don’t last forever, but the memories you create will.
Easy holiday recipes for kids
Bugle Santa Hats
Bugles Corn Chips
Red and green M&M’s
White chocolate candy coating or almond bark
1. Melt almond bark or white chocolate in microwave according to package directions.
2. Add a little melted white chocolate or almond bark inside the open end of the bugle nugget.
3. Add a red or green M&M.
4. Dry on waxed paper or a cookie cooling rack.
Chocolate Covered Holiday Oreos
16 ounces fondant candies: white, dark or combination
1. Microwave candies melt in microwaveable bowl in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally until melted.
2. Use a fork to dip each cookie into the chocolate. Tap the fork against the bowl to remove the excess.
3. Place the soaked cookies on a sheet of parchment paper. Let dry completely.
Tip – You can add sprinkles after dipping in chocolate for a more festive look.
Holiday Shortcut Sugar Cookies
1 roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 box of icing
1. Heat the oven to 350.
2. Roll out half the cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick.
3. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. You can use the rim of a glass instead to make round cookies.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are lightly browned.
5. Let cool and decorate with canned icing and sprinkles.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
Food coloring, if desired
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
Dates, nuts, semi-sweet chocolate pieces and candied or maraschino cherries
Frosting (recipe below)
1. Heat the oven to 350.
2. Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and a few drops of food coloring well.
3. Work the flour and salt until the dough holds together. (If the batter is dry, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of light cream.)
4. Mold the dough by tablespoonfuls around dates, walnuts, cherries or a few pieces of chocolate.
5. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set but not golden.
7. Cool; dip tops of cookies in frosting. If desired, decorate with coconut, nuts, colored sugar, candies, chocolate pieces or chocolate shot. Makes 20-25 cookies.
Mix 1 cup icing sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons light cream or 1 1/2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. If desired, stir in a few drops of food coloring.
The holidays are a magical time for children. Baking cookies together is a great way to let the kids help out while creating delicious treats to eat or share. You can find more cookie recipes in the article below.
Christmas cookie recipes – Candy Cane Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, Snickerdoodles, Jello Cookies and Galaxy Cookies will fill your holiday cookie plate!
You will find everything you need for the holidays in the Lynchburg Macaroni Kid Christmas and Holiday Guide 2022 on our website – from crafts and recipes to local events and gift ideas.
The week before Christmas is a good time to wrap up the final details of holiday planning. It is also a good time to enjoy the children’s outing from school. Get in the car and go see the Christmas lights together. Walk around the mall and take selfies on all the pretty storefronts. Visit the Bluffwalk in downtown Lynchburg and see all the lights. Bake cookies or bake treats for the holidays. Making memories together is what Christmas is all about.
As always, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly events on the Lynchburg Macaroni Kid Event calendar. Happy Holidays from Lynchburg Macaroni Kid!
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