Cooking with Kids: Honey Cookies Part 1

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If you love cooking and baking, you probably want to share the fun with your children, too. But at what age are they “old enough” to introduce them into your sacred kitchen? There are really no rules, since every child is different. But all children love to copy their parents, so the more they see you doing exciting projects, the more likely it is that they’ll enjoy getting their hands “dirty” too. That goes for cooking and baking as well.

In our new ©Messy Kitchen: Cooking with Kids series, we want to explore any and all scenarios that can realistically happen in the kitchen with our kids on board. We invite friends with kids of different ages to join and have fun, learn–and make a mess–in the kitchen.

In our first episode we’re making healthy honey cookies with our 2-year old mommy’s helper, Luca, who will be sharing them later at a picnic with his buddies.

Total preparation time: 15-20 minutes.
Toddler attention span: 2-3 minutes (thumbs-up, we did pretty well!).

The episode is divided into two parts:

Part 1: making honey dough

baking with kids, honey cookies, healthy cookiesIngredients (about 20 cookies)
3 medium-sized eggs (room temperature)
2 cups whole wheat or white all-purpose flour
½ cup light-brown sugar
½ cup crushed (ground) walnuts or almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder or baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons warm honey

Directions
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, nuts and salt.
2. Add eggs and honey into dry mix until all ingredients are mixed equally.
3. Put dough on parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
5. Grease bottom of your baking pan or line with parchment paper.
6. Roll dough flat to about 1/4 to 1/3″ thickness and cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and place each one on baking pan, about 0.5 inches apart.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes; then remove from oven and cool for another 20-30 minutes before serving.

Part 2: cutting cookies; baking and testing them

honey-nut cookies, baking with kids Happy baking!

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