Olympic Medal Cookies

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On the heels of our Olympic crafting, we made edible medals to enjoy during the opening ceremony of the Games (and needed to taste test them today, of course).

The recipe is care of High Five magazine. It needed a few vegan tweaks (we don’t have the convenience of pre-made sugar cookie dough logs or colored frosting), but the tweaks were easy to make.

Start with a box of sugar cookie mix (try Cherrybrook Kitchen), and bake according to package directions. Travis loves being my helper when we pull out the stand mixer!

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Make sure the cookies are very round balls as you put them into the oven, so you have round medal-shaped cookies at the end. Let cool completely.

To prepare the filling, place 5 medium frozen strawberries (thawed) in a bowl and crush with a potato masher.

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Combine the strawberries in a food processor with 1/2 cup non-dairy cream cheese, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Process until smooth.

Spread the strawberry filling onto half of the cookies; set aside the remaining cookies.

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Carefully guiding your child’s hand with a butter knife or plastic knife, cut strips of fruit leather into two pieces. Arrange the pieces over the strawberry filled cookies like the tails of a ribbon. Top with an additional cookie.

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From this point, you can have fun with toppings any way you’d like. We decided we needed to frost our cookies in yellow for gold medals. I added yellow food coloring to a store-bought vanilla frosting (try Dollop) in a plastic bag and kneaded until golden. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe onto the cookies.

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Topping the frosting with sprinkles was Travis’s favorite part, eating sprinkles along the way of course.

Olympics kick off on February 9 – what sport will you and your kiddos be watching the most?

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Bookmarks with Heart

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You know you’ve got kids in school when you’re on the hook to produce Valentine’s for the class for the first time! This adorable and easy idea from Parents magazine was the perfect craft to put together with Travis. Although I had to do some components, I loved that he got to collaborate as well, making this truly his project for the class.

To start, print the bookmark template from parents.com/bookmarkheart onto colored paper. We used pink and red construction paper.

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The template reads: I like you a hole punch, but the o’s are missing – you’ll fill them in later with a hole punch, of course.

Next, I purchased patterned scrapbook paper and cut into rectangles that were 2 inches wide by 6 and 1/2 inches long – slightly larger than the printed bookmarks. This is a fun chance to do some measuring and ruler practice with your child.

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Here came Travis’s big role! He loved smearing a glue stick onto the patterned paper, after which I adhered the bookmark templates to the center – we had a great assembly line going!

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As mentioned in previous blogs, Travis loves when he gets to use the hole punch, so this was a big hit. Go through and punch the o’s in the word ‘you’ and ‘hole’ on each bookmark.

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We finished our Valentine’s with a heart sticker and his name on each.

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Can’t wait to deliver these to the class for the Valentine’s party!

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