Need a Weekend Activity? Take a Cookie Class With Your Kids
There's no age limit when it comes to baking cookies.
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Everyone seems to be baking lately, which makes sense — it’s a good way to pass the time and can also act as a stress-relieving activity. But you don’t have to tackle something as intense as homemade bread to get your fix in. If the kids want to get in on the action, cookies can be a great place to start. The Food Network Kitchen app has plenty of classes that makes getting your kids involved in the fun easy and manageable. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cookie-baking classes that are fun for all ages.
Bring the joy of making s’mores in the summertime to your kitchen with these cute cookies. The cookie dough includes crushed graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips to recreate that quintessential trio of your favorite fireside snack. Marc Murphy uses a cookie scoop to portion out his dough, ensuring each cookie bakes evenly and comes out the same size.
Have a dinosaur fan in the house? Dan Langan's tutorial on decorating dinosaur cookies gives you a step-by-step guide to a unique dessert with lots of personality. After baking triceratops-shaped sugar cookies, use different shades of yellow, orange, white and black royal icing to create a dinosaur treat your kids will love. Whether you get them involved in the decorating process or surprise them with these adorable cookies, they’re a delicious way to bring some fun into the kitchen.
It might be hard to find all the ingredients you need to make cookies from scratch, but if you can get your hands on a box of brownie mix, you and your kids can easily make a mash-up treat. In Vivian Chan’s class, she shows you how easy it is to turn this boxed mix into a batch of gooey, chocolate cookies. Simply combine one egg, melted butter, brownie mix and extra chocolate chunks in a large mixing bowl (the kids can take this fun task!), bake and enjoy!
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t whip out your favorite cookie recipe anytime of the year. These cookies, dipped in chocolate, are so easy, kids of any age can help out. Start out with a simple sugar cookie recipe and use James Briscione’s hack for easy cut and bake cookies by molding your cookies into a log with parchment paper. This method makes it easy to bake a few cookies at a time and save your remaining dough for whenever a cookie craving hits. After melting your chocolate, dip your baked and cooled cookies then add whatever toppings you like. James uses pretzels and peppermint candies, but we think sprinkles would work too.
Another easy way to make sugar cookies more exciting for your kids to eat and bake is with the addition of some fun colors. During Erin McDowell’s Soft Sugar Cookie class on the Food Network Kitchen app, she rolls them in sprinkles before baking. And don’t stop at just one type of sprinkle — Erin encourages having some fun with picking your sprinkles, opting for a variety in shapes, sizes and colors.