Baking Together


One of the best things about the holidays is the large variety of delicious food. I love seeing the table covered with place settings and chairs wedged in every possible location so everyone can have a seat and enjoy a meal together. But while the actual feast is wonderful, the best stuff actually comes AFTER. After all the food has been eaten and everyone is stuffed, and you’re sitting around chatting and laughing and thoroughly enjoying the company. And then, someone breaks out the desserts. All sorts of cookies and cakes and pies and brownies and other delicious goodies. It may not be great for your waistline but it certainly does taste good! And it only lasts a brief time, so it’s worth it to indulge a little.

Since we had Christmas away from our house this year, we didn’t have to do any of the work for a feast or even prepare any type of desserts. Nonetheless, before we headed out for our vacation, I wanted to do some Christmas baking with Ian. I thought he would enjoy helping me make cookies, and I wanted to share that with him. So I pulled out the Hershey Kisses and we made Peanut Butter Blossoms. These are one of my favorite cookies, and they are SO easy to make.


I gave Ian the important task of unwrapping the kisses and placing them in a bowl. He was so intent getting the wrappers off- it was really adorable. About 5 kisses in, he asked if he could eat one. I made him wrap a few more before letting him have one (at which point, he popped it in his mouth, chewed and said “OH, YUMMY!!!”). The downside to this was that once he tasted one, he wanted more… so I had to keep an eye on him to make sure none of the others found their way into his greedy mouth. By the time he was bored and lost interest, he had eaten a total of 5 kisses (out of about 20 that he unwrapped), and I was ready to begin forming the batter into balls for baking.

I ended up with nearly 40 cookies, and they were TASTY! Ian was especially fond of the Hershey kiss on the top (in fact, most of the time, he ate the kiss off the top and then didn’t want the cookie at all). Fortunately, my husband much prefers the cookie to the kiss, so things evened out just fine.

I can’t wait to make these again next year, when Ian’s attention span is a bit longer and he’s able to actually help just a bit more for a bit longer.

Have you ever made Peanut Butter Blossoms (here’s the recipe)? Did you make any this year? Did you get the kid(s) involved?

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