This Christmas season has been all about making memories with our two kiddos. Baking during the holidays is a no fail way to spread some festive cheer, and we're not strangers to drowning in flour and sugar between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. This year we wanted to start including Jasper (26 months old) in our kitchen fun by letting him participate in some easy activities. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than cookie decorating?
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We started our weekend with a trip to Costco to stock up our new chest freezer and also to take advantage of some savings on bulk ingredients for our holiday baking over the next couple of weeks. Since we shopped on a Saturday, Jasper was able to help us try all of the fun samples available that day. His favorites were the fresh-made bread from the bakery, Cello Parmesan Whisps, and block manchego cheese.
Starbucks was offering a fruitcake frappuccino and the offer lasted only through the weekend, so we had to give it a try. The drink is composed of cinnamon, caramel, hazelnut crème, matcha, and a dried-fruit packet containing dried cranberries, golden raisins, Zante currants, and dried cherries. It's topped with a swirl of whipped cream, matcha powder, and caramel. Though fruitcake is one of the most joked about holiday desserts around, I really liked the frappuccino version of the dry, brick-like confection. It tasted fresh and fruity, and the addition of the matcha was my favorite part - the green tea flavor just worked with everyone else going on.
Matt was the one who ordered the frapp and I ordered a holiday spice flat white. If you like the fun holiday drinks but are looking for ones that are a little less fancy and sweet, try this one. It tastes like pure Christmas without being too cloying.
Armed with supplies and fully caffeinated and sugared, we were ready to bake! We reached for our box of Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar cookie mix. The box contains special instructions if you want to make cut-out cookies, reducing the butter a bit for a sturdier dough.
I separated the dough into two sections and colored half of it red. I cut out the cookies using this set of mini Wilton Christmas cutters. I LOVE these cutters! They make perfect toddler-sized cookies. A set of these cutters is included in the giveaway at the bottom of this post, so be sure to enter for a chance to win your own!
Once I cut out the shapes and had them arranged on parchment paper on the baking sheet, I gave Jasper some pinch bowls of sprinkles. The first thing he did was shove a handful into his mouth!
We showed him what to do, but he thought it was hilarious to keep eating the sprinkles one after the other.
A little more hands-on guidance was needed to show him what to do!
Every other handful went into his mouth instead of onto the cookies, but he eventually got the hang of things a little better. He giggled his way through the whole process, and that is what is important. He was having fun!
We expected that he would try to eat the raw cookies, but other than saying "Ahh, cookie! Cookie!" he didn't touch the dough.
Ready to go into the oven!
Lumpy, misshapen, and random sprinkles dispersed all willy nilly.
In other words, they were beautiful. As new parents, we're constantly reminding ourselves that making memories is not about having everything perfect and Pinterest-ready. It's about having fun together and creating new experiences for our kids.
While he had fun schkoffing the sprinkles and making a big ole mess in the kitchen, I'm sure he agrees that the best part of Christmas baking is eating the fruits of all of that labor. Yum yum!
Using the reduced butter cut-out recipe, the Krusteaz cookie mix made a great, quick sugar cookie with crispy edges and chewy insides.
I look at these and see the most gorgeous cookies ever because Jasper helped us make them!
The bit of extra slobber baked in from his sticky fingers makes them even tastier, don't you agree?
Krusteaz Cookie Mix Prize Pack Giveaway
Krusteaz has offered to give one of our lucky readers this incredible prize pack! The winner will receive:
- Two boxes EACH of the following cookie mixes: Triple Chocolate Chunk, Butter Vanilla Sugar, Snickerdoodle, and Shortbread
- An EZ Deco icing pen
- 12-pc Wilton Mini Christmas Cookie Cutters
- Foo-doodlers edible food writing pens
- A Krusteaz tote bag
Because we're already into Christmas week, this giveaway is going to extend for a bit longer than usual and will end on January 2nd, 2017. Use the widget below to enter!
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