We are going to get to a simple cookie recipe...but first I want to make the caregivers of toddlers feel seen for a moment.
You know when your heart is just so heavy and so full and so overwhelmed that all you want to do is cry? And you mourn the tiny, sweet, smelly potato that used to love you and cuddle you and look at you like you were the only person in the world that mattered? They still look at you this way, but now it's not that they want to be with you it's that they need you and you aren't giving them what they need.
My baby looks at me, desperate, eyes filled with tears, screaming at why I won't pick him up. But, you see, I do pick him up, and then he screams and thrashes more as he did not want to be picked up. What's someone to do when this has been going on for hours?
I personally bounce on the yoga ball and try to remember that it's probably traumatic being a toddler. You have just enough agency to know what you want but the benevolent giants that care for you have little to no idea what you need, even though you're - in your mind - being very clear with your needs. I know it's not fair. You know it's not fair. Every logical part of your brain is telling you that this is just one of those amazing developmental steps it takes to become a person.
But who gives a fat frog's behind? It's hard.
I'm going to give you some advice, even though you likely didn't ask me:
If you have a toddler, buy a mortar and pestle.
Yes, they'll want to play with it, too, while you do your thing...but it feels so good to just pound something, especially nuts and spices! Even better, they'll want to help and it's something that they truly can do. Pounding something in a mortar and pestle is a simple movement that most toddlers can accomplish, and my own toddler enjoys it greatly.
Anyway, let's make some cookies and try to work through it. You can do this during naptime or they can help you. This dough is highly forgiving, quite pliable and has a texture similar to playdoh. Give your toddler a handful of it and let them play on the floor while you do something with your hands.
Easy Spice Cookies
- 1 c or 7 oz dark brown sugar
- 1/2 c or 4 oz butter or vegan butter substitute
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 c almond meal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 2 allspice berries, ground, or 1/4 tsp allspice powder
- the zest of 1 orange
- 4 c or 1 lb 4 oz all-purpose flour
|I don't usually show the in-progress photos!|