I learned to bake when I was a kid, back in the day before there were blogs and celebrity chefs. Like many young girls, I learned to bake from the women in my life – my mom and my mom’s mom. I loved helping out in the kitchen whenever I got a chance. I learned how to bake cinnamon buns, donuts, cookies, chocolate truffles, and the most amazing cakes ever. Many of my fondest memories happened (and still do happen) in the kitchen.
I can only hope that Jayden will enjoy helping me out in the kitchen as much as I enjoyed helping my mom out. But for now I’ve got him practising his “mixing skills” with a wooden spoon and a soup pot. And he’s doing a pretty good job if I so say so myself!
Although he can’t officially help me out with my baking yet, he did play a crucial role in these funfetti sugar cookies. I used his little hand as a template and then cut out the dough around the template using a sharp knife.
The idea for these cookies actually came from my mom when she forwarded them to me in a Martha Stewart email last week. You see, a couple of weeks ago we were supposed to fly home to Canada to visit our parents. It had been over a year since Jayden last saw his grandparents, but unfortunately some dishonest and manipulating people ended up preventing us from taking our trip home to see them. It still amazes me how certain people can live with themselves despite the promises that were previously made.
In the end my mother in law ended up making the trip over to the UK to see us instead. I figured since my parents couldn’t see how much their grandson had grown since they last time they saw him, I’d send his little handprint to them in cookie form. I made these at the last minute, the night before my mother in law left so I only managed to take a few pictures on my iphone. Apologies for the poor photographs.
Seeing as today is Mother’s Day in the UK, I figured what better way than to celebrate with these fun and creative cookies that you and your kids can make together.
Although the idea for these cookies came from Martha Stewart, I used Peggy Porschen’s trusty sugar cookie recipe which is the only sugar cookie recipe I use. I’ve had nothing but success with it. I don’t even bother trying new recipes, especially when they call for baking powder which causes the cookies to rise and loose their shape.
Mummy’s Little Helper Handprint Cookies
1. Start out by tracing the outline of your child’s hand on a heavy piece of cardstock – I used the back of an old cereal box. Cut out the handprint and set aside.
2. Make one batch of Peggy Porschen’s sugar cookie dough – recipe here. Add in 1 – 2 tablespoons of coloured sprinkles to the cookie dough near the end just as the mixture is forming a dough. Chill for at least an hour.
3. Roll the dough out according to the directions in my original sugar cookie post here. Place your child’s handprint template on the dough, and trace around it with a sharp knife, and repeat with the remaining dough.
4. Chill the cookie cutouts in the freezer for 10 minutes, before baking in a 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 8 – 10 minutes.
I packaged Jayden’s little handprint cookies in a plastic container with lots of bubble wrap, so I’m hoping they made it home to my parents safely with all 5 fingers present and accounted for!