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These Not-Too-Sweet Sugar Cookies Are Perfect for Decorating with Kids

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multicolor star-shaped sugar cookies
Credit: Yummy Toddler Food

Cookie decorating is always my favorite part of holiday celebrations. It’s like an art project you can eat! I won’t be having any parties this year, but that just makes cookie decorating seem like an even more significant part of the holiday experience with my kids.

These sugar cookies from Yummy Toddler Food have less sugar than a typical sugar cookie recipe, which I personally love. Cutting down on the sugar makes them a bit more healthful, and I tend to find most sugar cookies way too sweet anyway, especially if you’re going to frost them. These are so easy you could let a toddler make them. Just toss flour, baking soda, butter, milk, and vanilla in a bowl with a little bit of sugar and mix it together with your hands. You can even adjust the recipe to make them dairy-free or gluten-free. 

“Easy cut-out cookies are a holiday must with kids, and these are fun to make and decorate,” said Amy Palanjian from Yummy Toddler Food. “They’re less sweet (but still delish!), and are also easy to adjust for allergies (they’re naturally egg-free) so they’re great for a wide range of kiddos.”

Once you have the cookies cut out and baked, it’s time to decorate them. A bit of powdered sugar and milk makes the easiest icing. All you have to do is mix the two ingredients together until the icing is about the consistency of glue and add a bit of food coloring. You can paint the icing onto the cookies with a clean paint brush for more control, and it’ll set into a smooth, glossy surface — just right for a holiday treat. 

Get the recipe: Healthy Sugar Cookies from Yummy Toddler Food

Credit: Danielle Tsi
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