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Why I let my teens hijack the Christmas cookies

What happens when a couple of teenagers stumble upon a toddler’s cookies…and decide to cause destruction? Turns out, good, clean (yet messy) fun that really leaves little for a mom to complain about. Here’s how we spent our Friday night:

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    This was supposed to be a heartwarming post about baking easy Christmas cookies with toddlers.
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    I was going to share how you can add a few tablespoons of ordinary flour to a Pillsbury sugar cookie mix to create a roll-out dough perfect for cutting out Christmas cookie shapes.
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    However, while helping my two-year-old cut out shapes, I'd let a batch of cookies get overdone on the bottoms.
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    My teenage son Jacob and my niece Cecily claimed the burned cookies for their "creation."
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    It turned into quite the project. The grownups watched and laughed, working to overcome our knee-jerk aversion to "waste".
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    The kids used an entire can of frosting, half the food coloring and most of the sprinkles and colored sugars for their impromptu project.
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    So, yeah. They wasted some frosting and sprinkles, and the end result wasn't exactly edible.
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    Unless you consider a can of Easy Frost edible. Which, now that I think about it, doesn't sound half bad.
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    But sometimes, it's nice to let the big kids have some fun, too. Is spending a few bucks for them to have a good time really a waste?
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    Now that I think about it...if it keeps them busy and out of trouble on a Saturday night, I think I'll supply them with a can of frosting every weekend.

What are you willing to do to keep your teens happy, occupied, and safe?

Thanks very much to Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with.

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