My kids and I love to bake together, especially during the holidays.
And I have a very sweet sugar cookie recipe from my great-great grandmother we usually make together. It’s a delicious recipe that seems to taste even better since it’s been passed down through five generations.
But sometimes, I don’t have the patience to help my kids measure out teaspoons of ingredients.
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I don’t have the mental wherewithal to remember if I grabbed the baking soda or the baking powder out of the pantry.
And I definitely don’t have time to sift the flour.
Sometimes, we need an almost homemade, dump it in the bowl recipe so we have more time to snuggle on the couch and read a good book.
Sometimes, we need to use the easiest “recipe” we can get our hands on to make our life easier.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for teaching kids their way around a kitchen: how to measure and read fractions, the value of fresh ingredients, and how to read and follow a recipe in turn-of-the-century-perfect-cursive penmanship.
I often spend rainy days and cold winter days in the kitchen baking elaborate homemade recipes with my kids.
But for me, today was not that day.
Today I needed cookies baked and ready in under 15 minutes. Because today, we have other things to do. We want to get cozy on the couch and read Raymond Briggs’, The Snowman. While eating Snowball Cookies.
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Snowball Cookie Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix
1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
Small bowl of powdered sugar
Snowball Cookie “Recipe:”
- Mix together the white cake mix with the Cool Whip and stir until blended.
- Using your hands, take a small round of dough and drop it in the powdered sugar.
- Roll the dough in the sugar until it’s coated and place it on the cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies at 375* for 10 minutes (if you like them a little crunchier, add a minute).
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool and enjoy.
My kids absolutely love baking and eating these Snowball Cookies with me.
They enjoy them almost as much as they love “reading” to me the story of The Snowman who comes to life for a magical nighttime visit to a little boy. They giggle as the snowman falls off the skateboard without a helmet, and tries to drive the car, and climbs into the freezer to cool off.
We sit on the couch munching on cookies as we tell and retell the story to each other. And we try to guess what the boy’s name is, and how the snowman can fly, and why, oh why did the snowman have to melt.
So as we ponder life and magic and talk about the states of matter, my flour sifter collects a little more dust at the back of my pantry.
Which is perfectly fine by me. The baking powder and baking soda can keep it company this time.
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Nicole Black is a recovering elementary school teacher, turned stay at home mom to three loud, busy, and surprisingly determined kids. She spends most of her days living out of her car driving to and from kids’ activities and schools. She survives mostly on coffee as she searches for ways to make parenting a little easier. Follow her at Coffee and Carpool (www.coffeeandcarpool.com) and on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/coffeeandcarpool/boards).
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