I say come on Mike D, let's flash some dough
Bored kids. Nothing is worse on a rainy day. Except for...bored me.
After watching the kids play with play doh the other day, rolling and cutting all those colorful pieces of dough, I thought it would be fun to make cookies. I love cut out cookies...if it's just me doing the work, but the kids want to help of course, and the mess that comes with icing, decorating, well - it just gets on my last nerve. Yes, I am completely anal about cleaning, we all know this.
So I thought, why not dye the dough, and nix the icing? Brilliant plan. I made a basic cookie dough (Martha Stewart's cookie book page 241) and then separated the dough and dyed each portion. Gel dyes are the best because they have strong colors and don't water down anything. The result was fabulous - bright bold colors, the only down side was that I had to wash the bowl in between a color changes.
The dough was easy to work with and baked up so delicious that it didn't need icing anyway. The kids had blast - the Baby went for dinos of course and the Kid got creative with trucks and trains. I must admit, I really got into it myself:
I was quite proud of my cookies until the Kid saw my fire truck and became Super Critic because I "didn't have a hose or a ladder," so he had to school me and make one better than mine. Geez man, I didn't realize I was in a design competition WITH A 5 YEAR OLD. Meanwhile, after about two cookies, the Baby realized that he didn't even have to participate, if he just waited long enough he'd get to eat them anyway. Sheesh. If only he'd use these mental powers for good instead of evil. Overall the kids had a great time and I'm already planning to do this again on the next rainy day.
Dyed Cookie Dough how-to, here.