So, baking cookies with the kids sounds like a great idea, but you haven't got the time or patience or cooking sense and you want to avoid a big production? Isn't there some other way, you wonder? Dad's got this covered. There are a few cheats to get you done and still have fun with the kids.
COOKIE CHEAT 1
If the thought of using cookie cutters and making a mess of it is on your mind, you're not alone.
But you don't have to, because some smart person has come up with a cookie baking pan with pre-formed molds that lets you push the dough in, and turn out perfect holiday and Christmas shapes in a snap. How's that for American ingenuity? Go to the COOKIE TOOLS page here, I've linked to where you can order some.
COOKIE CHEAT 2
If you're going the cookie pan route, above, then you can probably ditch the whole measuring and mixing and making dough routine. Just go to the store and buy a package mix. Or, ready-made cookie dough. Yeah, you should be ashamed of yourself, but it's better than not doing any cookies with the kids at all.
COOKIE CHEAT 3
Alright, let's cut to the chase. If you're determined not to get your hands dirty, then have somebody else bake the cookies for you. You can supervise the kids doing it. Or, maybe there's a special someone who'd take pity on your kitchen phobia. Just decorate them with the kids.
COOKIE CHEAT 4
Decorating Christmas cookies by hand is one way to show off your artistic skills. Or, to prove you were completely absent the day they were handing them out. The kids will probably get a scream out of your attempt to paint Santa or the story of Christmas, but maybe you'd be better off with the shortcuts: convince the kids the cookies taste better without frosting (good luck)after a layer of white or colored icing, just add some small candies, or shake on colored sugar or sprinklesget the ready-to-use frosting, tubes and tips for decorating cakes from the supermarket to make simple lines, stripes, or shapesturn the table into a production line - you put down the first coat, let the kids go to town dressing them up