Every week around our house is a new adventure. And while the ride of being a parent is wonderful, the fact is we are always, ALWAYS busy. Monday through Friday is a balance of work, household chores, homework daily, hauling the kids back and forth to school, sports, friends homes. I mean I HEAR that some people get to sit on the couch and watch TV or that whole “bon bon” eating thing, but I have yet to experience it.
The Haas house has to set aside time to have INTENTIONAL fun. And we do- every week. We eat family dinners, we pick movies in the month to rent or go see, we hit parks and the pool, but there is nothing more fun than spending time with the kids in the kitchen. No matter if you are a busy family or a relaxed family, getting together to bake cookies is one of the most fun and memorable moments you will have with your kids. Who doesn’t have a story baking with mom, or eating warm cookies right out of the oven? And if for some reason you don’t have that history with mom, dad, or grandma, you can still make a memory that will last your kids for a lifetime by breaking out the apron and getting your cookie on.
(recipe below brought to you by a partnership with Lunchbox PR)
First, to start, you need a cookie recipe. You need a basic recipe that allows you to get the perfect cookie ready for whatever delicious thing you have planned for it. Having a basic cookie recipe is the crux of all the amazing things you are going to do, so this one is perfect. You can use the recipe below and then add in your ideas to make it perfect. As you can see, we made Ice Cream Sandwiches!!
Make it Yours cookie
Start with Country Crock’s Make it Yours cookie – a perfect blank canvas to dream up new creations with your kids.
- 1 cup Country Crock® Spreadable Sticks or Tub
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- Your choice of mix-ins
Preheat oven to 375°. Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.)
Add your favorite mix-ins until every spoonful of dough has some of the delicious mix-ins or choose from the variations below.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.
We all know waiting is the hardest part. Just the mere thought of the timer counting down is pure torture! So to keep everyone busy till the cookies are done, download these FREE PRINTABLE “WHILE YOU WAIT, DECORATE” sheets! Use Glitter, Glue, Sprinkles, cut outs or just paint and markers to kill the time. This full size sheet is so fun and I have provided four unique cookies to pass the time.