If your kids are like mine, then they love to cook and create too. Every Friday night at our home is family night. Usually we rent a movie and the kids will get out their sleeping bags and set them up in front of the TV. They also bring down as many stuffed buddies from their rooms as their little arms can carry. Last Friday night, I decided to do something different with the kids.
I have a great recipe for Sugar Cookies so I made up some dough and dusted off the cookie cutters. I rolled out the dough and got out colored sprinkles, chocolate chips and frosting for decorating the cookies. Following is a simple recipe for making these cookies.
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Blend the first three ingredients together. Beat in the egg and milk. Stir in dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Roll out dough with rolling pin to about 1/4″ thickness. Use different cookie cutters and cut out shapes. Decorate with colored sugars and other candies. Place cut dough shapes unto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) for 8-10 minutes. Once the cookies have cooled, you can also decorate with colored frosting.
Before baking, let your kids be creative and have fun. My sons sprinkled colored sugars, including some that tasted like peppermint, on the cookies. Then they used chocolate chips as eyes on the different shapes, which included a dog, cat, chick, pig, heart, turkey and bunny.
After the cookies baked and had cooled, they decorated with colored frosting. We then enjoyed their yummy creations and decided we would do this again before the holidays with different shaped cookie cutters.
Friday family nights are always a special time for doing something enjoyable with the kids. My two boys look forward to Fridays every week. Our schedules are hectic so it is nice to be able to take this evening and make it all about family. Since finances are tight, my husband and I have had to get more creative about activities. Sure the boys would love to go to Chuck E Cheese, but I know that they enjoy are cost-effective family activities just as much if not more. Past family nights have also included fun suppers like pink pancakes cut in the shape of a bunny and make your own pizza, playing games like Twister and Candy Land, taking a picnic to the playground, and building a campfire and having smores.
Use your imagination and make Friday nights special for your family. You do not need to spend money to make a memorable evening that your kids will always remember!