Spring Baking With Kids

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butterfly shaped sugar cookies

Children enjoy hands-on activities. Baking cookies is a great way to incorporate math and science into an activity that has a delicious outcome and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Sugar cookies are easy to make and there are many different recipes to choose from. This recipe from “Taste of Home”, incorporates cream cheese, which for many children is an ingredient that they haven’t previously cooked with, so it’s an opportunity to experience something new.

Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Tinted frosting or colored sugar


  • In a bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and extracts. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie: 79 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.