"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ~Confucius

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kai in the Kitchen: Turkey Cookies

About a week before Thanksgiving, Kai was watching Nick Jr. and saw this Turkey-Hand Cookie project. He wouldn't stop talking about it, so when we were doing our shopping for Thanksgiving we took him to Great News in PB and let him pick out a piping bag and some decorating tips.

We really wanted him to feel included in the dinner preparations, but we knew that there was no way the three of us could work together with so much going on in our tiny kitchen, so we had him mix and bake the cookies the night before.

Here is a link to the recipe that he used for his Sugar Cookies!

I'd like to add here two things here! One, that we cut the recipe in half because we didn't need that many cookies with all of the other desserts we had on the menu. Two, that I did take her advice in the recipe and used almond extract instead of vanilla. To me the cookie dough seemed a little bland, so I snuck the flavoring in even though Daddy and Kai liked it the was it was!

Next Kai traced out his hand onto a piece of parchment paper, then cut out the shape and used it as his cookie cutter. As many of you know, Kai has a very meticulous (almost annoying at times) attention to detail, which in this case was a good thing because he cut out the cookies very precisely.

We baked them four to a pan, but we could have done six at a time because the cookie kept their shape very well. This was where we stopped for the night, so the cookies had plenty of time to cool before we iced them. Jason made a simple powdered sugar frosting, again substituting almond extract for the vanilla. Then we divided the icing into three bowls and added food coloring to make red, yellow and brown. Kai insisted on not using orange, much to my dismay.

The beaks are leftover candy corn from Halloween and the eyes are mini chocolate chips, both are attached with a drop of yellow frosting. Kai had a very strong opinion of how they were supposed to be decorated, so they are all identical, but it was his own unique design and not the one from the website, so I have to applaud him for his creativity!

Here is the link to the original project idea on the Nick Jr. website!

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