Sugar Cookies for the Win

      With endless hours to fill, and no where to go-I resorted to baking with my 3 year old. Under normal circumstances I try to avoid any activities that require a lot of parent involvement and extensive clean up. Our sugar cookie activity went really well, and I may be open to baking more often in the future ;)


This recipe was super quick, easy, and very kid friendly.

We spent a good hour rolling and cutting out the dough into shapes. You can add another half hour if you plan on decorating too. In total giving you about 2 hours of great child entertainment- and you’re left with a yummy treat. It’s a Win-win.



Prep time 10 minutes
Play time 1+ hours


1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup margarine, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
squeezable cookie icing – BEST INVENTION EVER ( if desired)
We used Great Values cookie icing from Walmart.
Assortment of cookie cutters


Preheat oven to 350. Line 2-4 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.


Cream the sugar, salt and margarine in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add the flour and baking powder.


Flour your work surface REALLY WELL, or else your dough will stick and you won’t be able to get your shapes off. Keep the flour on hand in case the dough gets sticky while working. Sticky dough + anxious kids are not a good mix.


Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into shapes. Bake 9-10 minutes or until light brown around the edges. Let them cool on a cooling rack if you have one- otherwise the counter top works fine.


Decorate with squeezable cookie icing and store in the freezer to preserve freshness.

Have Fun!


Makes about 36 cookies

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