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Monday, September 28, 2009

Snickerdoodles - Kids in the Kitchen

Cinnamon-sugary and crisp, Snickerdoodles are quite a treat!  These cookies are easy to mix up and kids love to help shape each ball and roll it in cinnamon sugar before baking.  Your kids can help more or less depending on their age and skill level.  McKay (13) could easily mix these up & bake them by himself.  He hangs out in the kitchen with me quite a bit and is comfortable using the mixer and old enough to use the oven.  Jaylyn & Nicole (6 & 8) are much less experienced so I stand right with them (breathing down their little necks lol) while they use the mixer, and I take the hot cookies out of the oven. (my 8 year old carefully puts them in the oven)  Yes, these cookies mix up MUCH quicker and with less mess when you just do it yourself, but what a wonderful opportunity to teach and laugh with your children if you let them help!  Don't forget to teach about securing long hair into a ponytail & handwashing!

If your children are young and you wonder what all they can help with, I found a really nice guideline in an article here on FamilyFun.  It will give you some ideas of what each age may be able to do. 


1 C. margarine
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 C. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream sugar, margarine and eggs thoroughly.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls about the size of a walnut and roll in a mixture of 2 T. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove to cooling rack immediately.  Should make about 3 1/2 - 4 dozen delicious cookies!

Here are the proud bakers with their yummy results!

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