Yesterday my oldest came home from pre-school beaming. He had been chosen to take their class mascot, a stuffed Clifford dog, home for the week. When students take Clifford home, they also take Clifford's "overnight" bag with them filled with fun activities the kids can do. There is a View-master with Clifford pictures in it, several Clifford books to read, a Clifford video, a journal to chronicle Clifford's adventures with your family, as well as a recipe card for "Dog Bone Cookies" that had a dog bone cookie cutter attached to it.
I knew that if my son wanted to make the cookies and share them with his class, we would need to make them for class today since they are out of school for the rest of the week. So, last night, my two little ones pulled up chairs to help me make the dough for this very simple sugar cookie.
I have decided that I need to cook/bake with them more. They love it so much but I'm often reluctant to let them help since it often takes 3 times as long. But I knew when I gave my oldest a cup of flour to add to the bowl and he poured it in from a height of about 18 inches thus powdering himself in a fine dusting of flour as it plopped in the bowl, that cooking is not necessarily intuitive. I know somehow that you should not add flour to a bowl from a height of 18 inches and should instead add the flour gently from a height close to the bottom of the bowl, but where did I learn that? Probably through trial and error when I was their age. I resolve right now to let them help me in the kitchen as often as I can so that when they are 18, they are no longer learning through trial and error, but are self-sufficient and comfortable in the kitchen.
The sprinkles on the cookies are very uneven, but again, the kids did it themselves and loved every minute of it. They were so proud of their work. As for the taste, the cookies were just okay. They had a nice soft texture to them and were mildly sweet. I'm sure there are lots of better recipes out there, but this one scored points on the ease of the recipe, and the smiles it got out of two little boys who were able to help make them.
Dog Bone Cookies *For human consumption only!
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Cram butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Chill dough for at least 1 hour or overnight, placing it in a ziplock bag first. Roll dough to 1/4 inch and cut with dog bone shaped cookie cutter. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 11-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until bottoms start to brown.