RAK Kids ~ Snowflake Sugar Cookies

It’s Day One of Random Acts of Kindness KIDS!
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One of the teaching tools that I have always used in my work with children is Random Acts of Kindness.  As part of our Advent Calendar in December the boys will be selecting a RAK each day.  Primarily they learn about serving others and build empathy through fun, interactive tasks.  It gives us an opportunity to model for our children that it’s not about what we get during the holidays but what we give.
 

Last week we made these sugar cookies in anticipation of Day One.
“Decorate and bring cookies to share with your friends at school”.
We made loads of cookies!  Here is my great grandma’s recipe:
1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
4 Tbsp sweet milk
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups flour
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Blend sugar and shortening.
Add milk and egg.
Add dry ingredients.
Mix until a soft dough is formed.
Roll thin on a floured surface.
Use cookie cutters or freeze and slice.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.
This recipe doubles well.  Also I use plain old milk instead of sweet milk and it turns out just fine.  We made a total of 17 Dozen cookies!!  Some for our friends at school, some for a cookie exchange and some for the Living Nativity at our church.
The kids helped to roll, cut and put silver balls on the cookies.  I did all of the icing.
Pretty.  And simple for that many cookies!
Our finished cookies.  We will have a RAK Kids update for you this weekend on how things went.

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