Are you into summer break with the kids? Baking cookies with caregivers is fun and delicious, and also valuable to your child’s development. When you set aside time just for you and your child, they may feel valued. When you engage your child with patient kindness, you have the opportunity to nurture their self-esteem. Baking together also provides important math skills when you teach them to measure ingredients. You can even add some science to the baking activity with this TED ED video “The Chemistry of Cookies.”

Tips to Keep in Mind: 

  • Set aside time that is free of interruptions from things like cell phones and other media so you focus solely on your child.
  • Use patience and calm while teaching your child how to accomplish each step of the baking process.
  • Remind yourself and your child that people learn from practice and mistakes.
  • Have fun with the process, even cleaning up together!
  • Enjoy the finished cookies by eating them together and celebrating your delicious accomplishment.

Here are the ingredients you need: 

Makes 16 cookies

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ⅔ C sugar
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Butter Glaze

  • ¼ C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ⅔ C powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats

2. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy

3. Beat in the eggs, and vanilla until combined

4. Using a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt

5. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients into the wet until a soft dough has formed

6. Using a medium cookie scoop and weight scale, measure out 2.5oz cookie dough

7. Roll the cookie dough into balls and place onto the cookie sheet

8. Lightly flatten the cookie to about 1 ½ in thickness

9. Using a bamboo stick or something similar, make the indent of the honey bun swirl on top

10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown remove and allow to cool for 15             minutes

11. Using a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter, powdered sugar, honey and                milk

12. Consistently stir the mixture until the powdered sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat

13. Using a pastry brush, brush the cookies with the glaze and allow the glaze to set for 10 minutes to cool.