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A Toddler Friendly Valentine's Day Craft You Can Eat!

Elise Dombach

Leading up to Valentine's Day, I felt obligated to come up with some sort of special project for Carson to work on. He had already made some Valentines with his Grandma and for some reason these cookies seemed like they wouldn't be much work. See, I figured that if I work on them in steps they would be an overwhelming project. The dough mixes up quickly and the small batch doesn't take long to roll out and back. So, I was basically right until it came time to decorate them....which was the part Carson could help with. Decorating these bad boys was tedious! Now, we did have fun, but I'll be honest...most ended up with sprinkles instead of beautifully piped designs (my original bright idea, of course) and when the icing was used up before all the cookies were decorated, I was secretly overjoyed.

I would say that decorating (read: eating the icing) the cookies was a hit! Giving Carson just a few icing and sprinkle options seemed to work best. He only decorated a few cookies anyway, so this limited the mess and the amount of sugar he could down between cookies.  

Holiday Cutout Cookies

1 1/2 c powder sugar
1 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter

Beat sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg until well blended. Mix in flour, baking soda, and cream of tarter. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours. Roll out dough to about 1/4" on a floured surface. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Icing

2 c powder sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 T milk

Beat until smooth (starting with only 2 T milk). Tint with color and beat in additional milk gradually if the icing needs to be thinned.

Adapted from this Betty Crocker recipe. It's the one I use for my Christmas cookies, but they work great for any holiday you have a cookie cutter for!

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