I have the best helper in the kitchen. My son, N. loves to cook, clean, bake and give mommy kisses.
The other day we made snickerdoodles. These are a wonderful cookie for kids, not too messy, easy to pack for lunches, yummy, and a really easy one for them to help bake.
Here is how we did it...
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Cream together butter, shortening,sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. I measure, and crack the eggs, Nathan dumps stuff in and controls the mixer.
Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls. I use a small cookie scoop and then roll in my hands for a bit.
Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon in a small ziplock bag. N. likes to shake the bag up to mix it. Then N. drops the cookies into the bag one at a time and shakes it up. He doesn't even close the bag, he just holds it closed and shakes it gently. N. is pretty neat, your mileage may vary. ;)
Place 2 inches apart on silpat or parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. The get those telltale cracks on the top when they are done. Remove immediately from baking sheets.
Cool and eat.