Making cookies any time of year is a lot of fun, and Christmas is no exception.
In my mind, cookies made at Christmas time should be different than cookies made the rest of the year – something you wouldn’t make just any time.
I have fond memories of working on elaborate and time consuming creations.
Stained glass cookies with crushed lifesavers melted into cut out spaces to form translucent windows.
Sugar cookies hand painted with tinted egg yolk.
Chocolate pretzel cookies, individually twisted, dipped in chocolate frosting and sprinkled with candy cane.
Linzer cookies with raspberry jam and chocolate peeking out of pretty shapes.
I’m not sure what age those memories are from, but I don’t think I was 4, 5 or 7! Maybe I was 10.
While I like to dream about beautiful, intricately designed and decorated Christmas cookies, what I really want when five little bodies invade the kitchen to help is easy Christmas cookies!
But they still have to be special and taste good.
Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies are just right.
Rich, flavorful, filled and sprinkled, yet easy enough for the kids to help at every step.
You can probably tell from the pictures that I used part whole grain spelt flour in this batch.
Lets talk about pictures for a minute!
I thoroughly enjoy the amazing photographic journeys that some blogs display of a recipe’s process, start to finish.
It briefly occurred to me as we all started rolling the dough into balls that I should take some photos of our kitchen adventure.
And then . . .
Ten warm, wiggly hands descended on the bowl.
Fifty fingers (was each one washed with soap?) reached for cookie dough all at once.
All thoughts of the camera disappeared as I attempted to encourage uniform size balls of dough, space the cookies evenly on the baking pans, prevent five tongues from licking fingers too often, and help avoid collisions as all six of us spun back and forth between the bowl on the counter and the pans on the stove.
(If you’re concerned about hygiene, just remember – we baked them in a good hot oven!)
So there aren’t any pictures . . .
But we had fun, and we had cookies!
Now you have a recipe for easy Christmas cookies too, so let the kids mix, roll, fill and sprinkle!
Go make cookies with your kids and have fun!
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie to make?
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