Sharing the Holidays through Baking with HCPL

Holiday season is upon us and the kids will soon be out of school. For many households, this is the time for indulging in family friendly activities, revisiting old traditions, and starting new ones. As a caregiver of a young child, I look forward to this time of year and bonding with my daughter.  

One of my absolute favorite holiday traditions is baking cookies with my daughter. It’s a great way for both of us to get creative. Now that she’s older, we use it as a fun method to practice addition and measurements. Our favorite cookies to make are reindeer cookies. How do we make them? For our Reindeer Cookies recipe, please view the High Meadows Library December release of “Cooking the Books”. 

What I love most about creating cookies like reindeer cookies is that it's easy for parents to make, and fun for the kids to decorate. It can be adapted to your preference of dough and you can use whatever you have on hand for the eyes and nose. If you like this recipe, check out some of these cookbooks that are sure to inspire you and the kids! These titles are available in our print and digital catalog, can be requested online, or by calling your local library.  

Holiday Cookies

The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays

Kids Bake!

Out of the Box Holiday Baking

When baking with my daughter, we enjoy listening to some festive holiday music with Freegal. Freegal is a free downloadable app that gives you access to a variety of music. I love listening to the playlists. Currently playing in our house and car is the playlist “It’s the Most Wonderful Time to Boogie”. You can download Freegal today on any Android or Apple device. 

If you are looking for something to stream, visit our HCPL Facebook page or YouTube channel for storytimes, craft videos, and more! We have something for everyone. You can also stream a movie through Overdrive or Kanopy. This year the holidays look a bit different, but we can still make it special with a little help from Harris County Public Library.  

This blog was written by Jennifer N. and first appeared December 2020.