Baking is something I like to do by myself. It’s nice to have a sense of control over what I’m doing. Which is probably why I haven’t tried to bake with Olivia. She is….well, she’s two. So she’s not so controllable. It was a little scary for me to think about Olivia taking control of something as messy as flour or even as sticky as peanut butter. Well, I’m here today to tell you that I faced my silly little fear. I finally baked with my daughter, and it was awesome.
We decided to start with something very simple- packaged sugar cookies. All we had to do was add some butter and an egg to the mix. We also went with sugar cookies because they are easy to decorate!
Without even realizing it, there were a few teaching moments that occurred during our baking time– cracking an egg, pouring the mix into the big bowl without it spilling everywhere, rolling the dough into little cookie balls, and most importantly: Patience. Ten minutes in the oven (plus a few more to cool off) is an extremely long time for a two year old who just wants some “coo-ties”.
Olivia calling the cookies “Coo-ties” was probably our favorite part, in case you were wondering :)
Obviously the decorating part was the messiest. In honor of Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I brought out the heart sprinkles and V-Day icing colors. She did a lot better than I thought she would, but there were still sprinkles all over our floor.
And don’t let these pictures fool you, I did most of the decorating because our girl couldn’t keep her little fingers out of the sprinkles long enough. And when she wasn’t eating handfuls of sprinkles, she was eating the cookies she was supposed to be decorating.
Definitely her mother’s daughter.
All in all, we had a blast baking with her and I think that next time we’ll do a recipe that has a few more ingredients!
Olivia is finally at the age where she can listen to instructions (for the most part), and follow our lead, and we’re having so much fun introducing her to new things.
Have I mentioned how much fun having a kid is?