The holidays will look very different this year, but some things will remain the same. We may not be able to participate in cookie exchanges, but we can have the joy of baking cookies at home with our families. The library is hosting a special (at-home) cookie baking event. There will be some great prizes and a virtual cookbook at the end of the event. Click HERE to learn more. In the Children’s section of the library there are some fantastic cookbooks to get you started on your baking adventure.

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs has spent over 30 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. This book is a great place to start for beginning bakers. Each recipe has a full color photo of the finished product and step-by-step instructions. It even gives a list of “cookie” basics and tells young chefs how to line the pan, cool the cookies, roll or drop dough, and so much more. Yummy recipes include chewy peanut butter cookies, thumbprint cookies, gingerbread people, and macaroons.

This is another fun and simple way to create holiday fun and you don’t even have to turn on the oven!!! No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids shows lots of different ways to create yummy and festive houses out of graham crackers, cookies, gum drops, icing and even pretzels. Kids can use this book to build fun and delicious structures that are good to eat and make a great decoration for the holidays.

No-Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids by Lisa Turner Anderson

American Girl: Cookies by Nicole Hill Gerulat

American Girl: Cookies is ALL about COOKIES! Young chefs will find recipes for classic favorites like chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles, fun new challenges like stained glass cookies and swirly meringues, and cookies for every holiday. There is even a recipe where you can pour the milk right IN the cookie! Recipes for brownies, blondies, and other sweets in bar form are also in this cookbook.

While baking for the holidays we can’t forget our animal friends. Cool Pet Treats has snacks for both our cat and dog friends. Each recipe is made with animal safe ingredients and are easy enough for kids to make. “Tasty Turkey Treats” and “Terrific Tuna Tidbits” may not sound too good for your holiday cookie platter, but your furry little friends will love them!

Cool Pet Treats by Pam Price

There are many great things happening for kids and families during the month of December. Click HERE to learn more about our Kids Holiday activities like baking, special crafts, and Holiday Bingo. We also have our weekly clubs for kids of all ages. Check out story times, book clubs, STEAM club, and Lego club on our monthly calendar HERE.

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