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iced pumpkin spice cookies cooking with kids

 

 

This post was originally published on December 12, 2009, but as I searched for our Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe, I found this oldie but goodie and realized that many would appreciate this fun, fall favorite.  Enjoy!

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Today was our holiday cookie-baking day. We baked a million cookies, and we’re still not finished.

As Maddy’s becoming a stronger reader, she has really enjoyed trying her hand at handling the recipe-reading herself. And with this recipe, I formatted the ‘Directions’ differently than I had before, with our muffin-making or fun with that ginormous zucchini.

This time, I roughly followed the structure of Mollie Katzen’s series–frame-by-frame instructions. But I simplified it just a bit, and it seemed to work well.

  • Recipe-Reading–Iced Pumpkin Cookies: We love these sweet cakey-cookies, and I (shhhh!) decided to make them again for my yearly cookie exchange with friends.

It’s an easy recipe, and Maddy, Owen, and Cora get a kick out of adding all of the spices. Plus, the cookies are nut-free, so my pals with allergies in the family can also enjoy them.

iced pumpkin spice cookies -Maddy’s adding spices. . .

The Kid-Friendly Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe is here to download. But if you’re exchanging with your pals, why reinvent the wheel–the Mom’s Cookie Exchange Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe is also here to download.

Because the recipe calls for ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin–on top of the normal sugar, butter, egg, my kids seem to especially like making these. And every single time–every time–they want to try each spice.

iced pumpkin spice cookies . . . and Cora’s giving the spices a taste.

So I make tiny piles of the ingredients and let them taste each. Sure, every time Maddy, Owen, or Cora tastes cloves or nutmeg, they stick out their tongue and yell for water, but usually an M & M clears their tiny palates quickly.

I think it’s great to get kids familiar with the differences between salt, sugar, flour, and anything that’s safe to try.

iced pumpkin spice cookies The Pampered Chef cookie ballers
(or whatever they’re called. . . ) really make the job easier.

 

I slipped the recipe sheets into plastic sleeves so that the kids could write on them with crayon and then wipe it off for next time.

As we completed each step of the recipe, Maddy put a check in the appropriate box, just like she did as we gathered our ingredients before we began.

pumpkin spice cookies finished
Our finished Iced Pumpkin Cookies

 

 Our finished products tasted great and looked pretty darn good, too.

Recipe: Iced Pumpkin Cookies by teach mama

 

And that’s it for today. . . tons of cookies baked, and my little emerging readers got some practice reading and following the steps to the recipe as well.

Pour the milk, put some cookies on a plate, and let’s eat some sweets!

 

Do you want to take the recipe to a neighborhood cookie exchange? Print out the parent-version below:

Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe to Share by teach mama


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  1. I've just posted about a cookbook that I've found works really well with my 5 year old ( http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/03/22/nonfiction-monday-learning-to-cook/ ) and a reader recommended this post of yours to me – and it's wonderful. I'm so glad she pointed me to your blog :-) I didn't know about the Mollie Katzen books (I'm in the UK and suspect she's not widely distributed here), but I shall seek them out now.

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    Playing by the book
    23/03/2010

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