With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to be a model grandparent.

Spending time with your children and grandchildren is so special around the holidays. This is the time when you create lasting memories for everyone, young and old, so coming up with new ways to enjoy your time with the kids is crucial.

In this post, we're going to give you two new ideas with some holiday cookie recipes that you can make with your grandkids. Not only will they let you spend valuable time with the kids, but one day they can show their kids these recipes too.

Classic Sugar Cookies

Every child loves a good sugar cookie, especially around Christmas time. Give them a special holiday twist by picking up some holiday cookie cutters and adding snowy white icing. Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

And for the icing:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk

First, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes with an electric mixer until it's light and fluffy. This should take about 3 minutes on a medium-to-high mixer speed.

Once that's done, crack the egg into the butter mixture and add the vanilla, then mix until it's fully incorporated. Keeping the mixer speed on low, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until it turns into your dough.

Put the dough on a piece of parchment and flatten it until it's a large round disc. Wrap the dough and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but as long as overnight if you've got the time. When you're ready, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it's 1/4 inch thick.

Use your cookie cutters to shape your cookies and bake them for 15 minutes, rotating halfway through. Mix the ingredients for the icing together and let the grandkids decorate them as they wish.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are the other big holiday classic. If your feet aren't too sore, you can prep and bake these in about 15 minutes. These are the ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 of nutmeg
  • 1/4 of cloves
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of molasses

For the icing:

  • 2 cups of confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of milk

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the egg, vanilla, and molasses, beating until everything's combined.

Add the flour mixture to the butter and beat until it's well incorporated. Flatten the dough out on parchment, split it in 2, and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

When ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and flatten out the discs of dough until they're 1/4-inch thick. As with the sugar cookies, use your cookie cutters to make the shapes and pop them on a baking sheet, then bake for 10-12 minutes.

While they're cooling, put the icing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until they're combined. When ready, decorate and eat!

Classic Holiday Cookie Recipes Can't Be Beat

These are two classic holiday cookie recipes that can't be beaten. Your grandkids are sure to love them, but more importantly, they'll love making them with their grandpa or grandma.

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