I will be the first to admit that I hate baking cookies. Don't get me wrong ~~ I love to cook and bake ~~ I just don't like baking cookies. They are time-consuming, they are messy and I just don't like doing it. However, with a hubby and two little boys, cookies are a must-have staple in our kitchen. I found this book originally at the library and when I flipped through it, I realized that I couldn't just returned it after two weeks. I had to have my own copy.
This is such a neat little find for me. It has tips in here on how to have your kids help you with baking cookies, like for example, "Kids enjoy rolling together the two types of dough in this recipe, so when you're finished mixing, let them take over (page 33, Chocolate Chip Marble Cookies). There is a section on jar-gifts for teachers, friends (like Sand-art Brownies). There is a section on age-tested favorites. There's a section on different types of holiday cookies (like Abraham Lincoln Stovepipe Hats or Presidents' Day Cherry-almond thumbprints). By thumbing through the pages, you'll feel the inspirations coming on. Another example would be on page 133 ~~ where it says, a good excuse to make Reese's Pieces Autumn Oatmeal Cookies: Make these for a special home screening of the movie, "E.T." to satisfy the craving that will surely arise when the candy makes its famous cameo appearance.
With ideas, inspiration and tips like this ~~ now even I am inspired to get the rolling pin out.