Cooking with Kids: Alfajores

    Cooking with Kids: Alfajores
    Carolyng Gomes

    Dress up your tradition of making cookies with the kids with a batch of these colorful alfajores! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are a treat, and with fluffy butter cream that is dyed bright red, orange, and blue, they are as beautiful as they are delicious. Call the kids into the kitchen, we're going to start baking! 

    What’s great about these cookies (besides being scrumptious), is the ease of their recipes. Simple to make, they have quite a few steps that can keep the little ones busy right alongside. Using a stand mixer helps speed things up, but if you don’t have one or want to make these cookies the old fashioned way, the best tools to use are a whisk and (when the dough starts forming) your hands. That’s right, dig in with the kids! They'll love getting messy with your approval!

    Encourage them to measure ingredients, sift, roll out the dough, and put those cookie cutters to good use. Baking is also a great opportunity to try different ingredients. Whether it’s Gingerbread with ginger and molasses, Snow Days with dulce de leche and coconut, or Peppermint Crunch with crushed candy canes, the little ones can be taste testers throughout the baking process. This helps develop their palate, and also the rewards of trying the finished products before everyone else!

    Using food coloring is also a great way to liven up old recipes. Mix different colors to create new ones. Make green Snow Days and purple Gingerbread cookies, with yellow Peppermint Crunch! Color your coconut shavings and the sugar, the hues you use are up to you! No matter which flavors you choose, you'll be making not only delicious cookies, but some pretty great memories!

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