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2019 Mar

It's Cookie Time!

Why making cookies with your kids will be the most important thing you do this week.

Kids love making cookies. It’s the perfect antidote to a dreary winter day—and a good way for Moms and Dads to de-stress and get in touch with the simpler pleasures of life.

I recommend baking cookies from scratch. It’s super easy, and the results are way better than pre-made cookie dough. Plan ahead and pick up basic ingredients the next time you go shopping: butter (no margarine, please!), chocolate chips, and nuts, for example. You probably have the rest of the ingredients in your cupboard. Now you’re ready for spontaneous cookie baking!

A multitude of cookie recipes are a computer click away or maybe you have a favorite cookbook on your shelf. If you want to make healthier cookies, try adding oatmeal and flax or sesame seeds to your cookie dough, and no one will even notice. Your kids might even decide the cookies taste better.

Then there’s the eternal question: which is better, crispy or chewy? I’m in the crispy corner, for sure. I want to hear a crunching sound when I bite into a cookie. Sorry, but chewy, doughy cookies don’t do it for me.

When cookie-baking day comes, find some cute aprons for you and the kids to wear. Talk about the ingredients you’ll be using (Where does flour come from?) and let your kids help measure everything as you prepare your cookie dough. Cookie cutters will help you make creative shapes, or just do it the easy way and drop spoonsful of dough on the cookie sheet.

Then pop your cookies-to-be in the oven and—wait for it! Soon that heavenly smell will waft through your house, awakening your taste buds and making you feel like the kitchen queen—or king. (Who says Dads can’t join in the fun?)

In a way, raising kids is like baking cookies. As parents, we add healthy ingredients as they grow—not just a well-balanced diet, but also enriching opportunities, like going to museums and concerts. Then we create a nurturing environment for them to develop into happy, healthy adults. Sounds easy, right? It is easy—as long as you add an extra dose of the most important ingredient—love!

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and co-publisher of Tidewater Family and Tidewater Women magazines. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com