Yesterday I had the bright idea of making Valentine cookies with Tater Tot. We’ve never made cookies from scratch together, so I thought it would be a fun activity. I mean, really, how much trouble can a toddler and a bag of flour get into?
The recipe called for baking powder and since the only can I had in my cabinet expired over a year ago we had to make a run to the grocery store. I’m sure your favorite grocery has those carts with cars attached to the front, right? Ours, too. So far I’ve managed to avoid using those by telling Tater Tot that they were out of gas. I’m not entirely sure why I’ve resisted letting him “drive” while I shop for things like diet coke and salsa.
Well, yesterday, I gave in to Tater’s request to drive the car. I suppose it was because he asked so sweetly. ”Mama? I need to drive the car. Pweese?” The fact that he had his chubby little arms wrapped around my neck certainly worked in his favor, too.
I have to say that, much like Rain Man, the boy was an excellent driver. I can’t say the same for me, though. It took a little while to maneuver that thing. Luckily I only took out one display of cereal.
We got all of the things we needed, parked the cart, and came home. My little pastry chef and I made the cookie dough. While I piddled around with most of the ingredients, Tater Tot undertook the important task of using the “steamroller” to flatten out the flour. As he said, “I have to wole it.”
After letting the dough chill while both of us Tater Tot napped, we started the task of rolling out the dough and cutting the cookies.
What Valentine’s cookies would be complete without a heaping pile of colored sugar sprinkles?
It only took four hours and two pairs of pants to make our cookies!
Followed by one hour of vacuuming the kitchen.
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I hope yours is just as sweet…but not as messy!