Yes Olivia, Nanny Edith’s Sugar Cookies really are real!
| April 02, 2010
In Kitchen Basics
Featured Recipe: Nanny Edith’s Sugar Cookies
When Emily Nowell of Charlotte, NC, decided to make Nanny Edith’s Sugar Cookies with her 7-year-old daughter Olivia, her response was telling:
"She said to me, 'Mommy, these are gonna be for real homemade cookies, aren't they?' "
Emily said she and Olivia made the sugar cookies as a "gift" to each other on a recent Sunday afternoon.
“In these days of convenience everything and children believing that everything they eat comes in a package from the grocery store, I'm glad that I was able to spend this time with Olivia and show her how they made cookies back in the olden days," Emily said. “She was really impressed that we made and colored the icing, too!”
We first published Nanny Edith’s Cookies in our Desperation Dinners newspaper column, and we got such a huge response we knew they had to find a spot here on Kitchen Scoop. We’ve photographed the cookies with “all-purpose” white cream cheese frosting from a can, but you can use our Confectioner's Icing along with food coloring to get an array of hues – perfect for Easter or any holiday.
There’s one caveat about making these cookies. They are delicate, and if you don’t sift the flour before measuring, and measure accurately, the dough will be too stiff to roll out. So we found a great 30-second “how-to” video from the King Arthur Flour Co. (click here) that shows you exactly how to do it. (It’s easy, just precise!)
The flour video would be a great teaching tool to use when baking with your kids. “A lot of young people don't know how to cook,” Emily said. “I'm determined to show my daughter how to prepare food and know that nourishment does not come through the window at a drive-thru.”
Thanks so much to Emily and Olivia for sharing their story. Do you have any entertaining or informative “cooking with kids” exploits? Please tell us about them in the comments section following this post or email us: tellus@KitchenScoop.com.
Happy baking and happy Easter!
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