The easiest way for kids to make cookies is to use a package mix. Each one comes with complete directions on the package. You can also make some very special cookies using the package mix and adding other ingredients.
Before you start making a batch of cookies, there are several things you should know. Of course, you already know about washing your hands, wearing an apron, and reading the recipe carefully before you begin.
After you have made your cookie dough, in most cases you should chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour before rolling it out flat with a rolling pin. This makes the dough easier to handle.
After it is chilled, take a small chunk of the dough and place it on a floured board or pastry cloth. Keep the rest of the dough in the refrigerator until you need it.
Make a smooth ball out of the chunk of dough. Then dust your rolling pin with flour and roll your dough out flat, rolling from the center to the edges. Use a light touch and keep the edges the same thickness as the center.
Use as little flour as possible on your rolling pin and board. If you are using cookie cutters, dip them in flour often to keep them from sticking to the dough. If you are using your own cardboard pattern, place the pattern on the dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. Dip the knife in flour to make it cut easier. Cut out the cookies as close together as possible. Save all the scraps, roll them into a ball, and reroll them later.
Lift the cookies from the board with a spatula or pancake turner. Place them on a greased or ungreased cookie sheet, according to the recipe. keep them about 1 inch apart and bake at the temperature given in the recipe. As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, remove them from the cookie sheet to a plate. Otherwise, they may stick to the sheet.