Friday, December 18, 2009

The Best Cookies for Children

I screwed up my courage and baked Christmas cookies with my children. Thanks to my friend Chris, I have The Perfect Recipe.

Gingerbread Cookies I
(from, Colonial Williamsburg, with some modifications by me)

Stir together in large bowl:
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening

Add melted fats to dry stuff in bowl, stirring, along with:
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 cup unsulfured, blackstrap molasses
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Stir in, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each cup:
2 c. unbleached white flour
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour

Roll dough to 1/4" thickness on lightly-floured surface. Cut into shapes. Place on nonstick or greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes at 375. Cool on racks. Yields 4-5 dozen.

What makes these cookies The Best for Children:
1. they don't suffer from re-rolling, lots of flour, and handling
2. they're healthy enough that I don't feel guilty letting them eat a lot. um, A LOT.
3. no eggs, if you're worried about salmonella in the raw dough
4. the batter stirs together - no electric mixer to supervise

This year, going by a great post from ModObject at Home, we painted the cookies. The paint didn't show up as well on these dark-brown cookies, but my kids were tickled. And they stuck red-hot candies in the wet paint too. To keep the paint manageable, I let them each pick out about 10 cookies to paint and squirreled the rest away for a time when I'm not weary of Christmas sweets.


Anonymous said...

luv luv this picture of Ben.

East of the Orange (S)

Anonymous said...

What is the meaning or process of "boughten?"
Also, I take offense to that pic of my grandson. He looks uncomfortable in a shrink top and he looks demonic - Home Alone demonic!
Gma Joanne

Margo said...

Joanne -
I was using "boughten" in an old-fashioned way to refer to something store-bought.

I thought that was a cute pic of Ben! And it shows the enormous mess of cookie-baking with children. He's wearing a little vintage cobbler apron with blue and green sailors on it. Evie was wearing the chef apron you got her.

Mary said...

This is a great recipe that I haven't seen before. I like that the dough doesn't suffer from being over handled by the little ones!