My Favorite Cookies to Make with Small Kids

My Favorite Cookies to Make with Small Kids

 A photo of my bounty from one holiday baking session.

A photo of my bounty from one holiday baking session.

I love holiday baking. I have been known to bake many, many dozens of cookies for gifts and parties in advance of Christmas. My four little kids, however, severely limit my ability to bake much of anything. Even baking with the kids is tough. Sugar cookies are the worst. I have this lovely image of frosting and adding sprinkles to adorably shaped cookies, but it usually ends up with frustrated kids who are running around the house with flour-covered hands, while I am still in the kitchen attempting to get dough wrapped up to chill (for hours!) in the fridge. It's a long process. 

Pizzelles, however, are a different story. These thin, crispy cookies provide immediate satisfaction for antsy kids. It's a quick batter to mix together (the kids each get their turn adding an ingredient and mixing) and then you dollop some into a pizzelle iron, and voila: cookies to eat and stack. 

I have the VillaWare Pizzelle Baker, given to me by grandmother who baked pizzelles herself. It's a good one. It has stood the test of time with me. I also love the authentic look. Very classic. 

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This one seems to be only available used, so here's a pizzelle maker that seems to be highly rated on Amazon and Williams Sonoma, as well. 

Chef's Choice 834 Pizzelle Pro, $44, Amazon

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