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Tips for Decorating Cookies with Kids

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The following tips for decorating cookies with kids comes from the Chinaberry book Christmas Family Gatherings by Donata Maggipinto.

Photo by France Ruffenach

Photo by France Ruffenach

  • Clear a large work space for decorating, and another space for holding the finished cookies.
  • Protect clothes with aprons; have plenty of clean kitchen towels on hand.
  • Display the “naked” cookies on a counter and invite kids to choose the cookies they’d like to decorate.
  • Divide icing, sugars, candies, confetti, and other decorations among small bowls. Depending on the number of children participating, you may want to form cookie decorating teams and fill bowls with decorations for each team to share.
  • Plastic knives and spoons are helpful for spreading frosting and sprinkling sugar. Little ones will need supervision.
  • Have pitchers of drinking water and bowls of apple wedges and tangerine segments on hand for snacking; decorating is hard work!
  • Don’t forget to corral a few adults to assist you with the supervision.
  • Let children work at their own pace and according to their skill level. Remember, it’s the process that’s fulfilling and fun.

Halloween Recipes

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The tables are turned--Pow...Blop...Boom. The Dynamic Duo save the day. Mama, it's your turn for a time out.

Last year, these two recipes were the #1 hit of several Halloween parties.

Frozen Jack-O-Lanterns
Serves 12
12 Navel Oranges (I used deep orange grapefruit with great success)
12 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 Gallon Dark Chocolate Ice Cream (Godiva makes a really dark chocolate ice cream which works well.)

Cut off tops of oranges and gently hollow out pulp (a serrated grapefruit knife works really well), leaving a thick shell. Hollow out pulp from the tops too. Cut Jack-O-Lantern faces into each orange. Pack chocolate ice cream into shells. Avoid letting the ice cream come out of the holes. Cut a hole into top of orange top. Set tops back on over the ice cream, and set cinnamon stick stem through the hole.

Creepy Fingers
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. I like to use the Hanukkah Triplet Cookie recipe from our Eat, Drink, and be Chinaberry cookbook (sorry, now out-of-print).
Make fingers by rolling the dough into 3″ or 4″ long “ropes” (around 1/2″ wide) For fingernails, place blanched, sliced almonds onto uncooked dough.
Using a knife or any sharp object, draw lines into the dough for detail on the fingers such as knuckles or wrinkles.
Follow instructions for baking, allowing slightly less time for them to bake. Note: Chilled dough works best, as you do not want your fingers to flatten out. If desired, you can paint the fingernails with food coloring, or use red icing for blood.
Feel free to experiment with warts or whatever your imagination comes up with!