Holiday baking is a common tradition and with a little extra thought the already fun occasion can become a learning experience. Sharing the kitchen with kids reinforces several educational concepts, including science, sequencing, simple addition and fractions, direction following and more. Bake a batch of these delicious and festive cookies with your kids and take advantage of the learning opportunity.
Holiday Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Makes 6 dozen
• 2 1/3 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light
• Add egg, almond extract and vanilla extract; mix well.
•Gradually stir in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
•Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight until firm.
• Preheat oven to 375°F.
•Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets.
• Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Baking together is a great way to teach basic skills and boost confidence as the results are quick–and there for the whole family to enjoy. At Sylvan results matter. This holiday season give your favorite student the gift of education. Sylvan gift certificates and program enrollments are gifts that will keep on giving throughout the new year and beyond.