How I put the “family” in family baking

We made our Halloween cookies the other day. I used this cookie puzzle as an excuse to keep Baby Girl from “helping” me mix and cut them out.

Making cut-out cookies is fabled to be this magical mother-child experience but I for one can’t stand it. I told Baby Girl, “You play up-stairs while I make you a surprise!” She is happy to comply when a surprise is involved.
The glaze for the puzzle is, I think, very pretty but it’s not much by way of flavor so we did the rest with goopy delicious frosting.

As much as I dislike help when I’m cutting out cookies, I love help with the frosting. Baby girl did these.

It took her nearly as long to frost those two as it took for me to do the rest.
That’s why I like help with the frosting part. She was completely occupied and involved and the cookies were still frosted to my satisfaction within a reasonable amount of time.
I think hers turned out really nice, but if they hadn’t, it wouldn’t matter because she’ll eat them anyway.

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