Today I felt the urge to bake. I decided the kids and I would make Flan for my husband, a lemon meringue pie for us and that with some extra pie dough the kids could make painted pie dough cutouts. This was the first time we have done this project and it turned out really cute!
Painted Pie Dough Cutouts
First we made our pie dough – I made enough for three single pie crusts (one for our pie, some for them to make cutouts and enough to leave some for cinnamon things!).
Pie Dough (for two crust pie)
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup shortening plus 2 tbs
- 4-5 tbs cold water
Preheat the oven to 475º. Mix the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening until the dough starts to form small pea sized pieces. Slowly add the water until you reach the right consistency. Cut the dough into quarters. I then floured a spot on the counter for each of the kids and gave them each a piece of the dough. I helped them roll the dough. After rolling they used the cookie cutter they picked to make their cutouts. They placed their cutouts on a cookie sheet.
Paint and Decorations
- Water mixed with food coloring (any color)
- Colored Sugar (any color)
I gave each kid their “paint” and a paintbrush (I was them with dish detergent every time we use them so they can use them with food as well as paint). They painted their dough cutouts. Once they were satisfied with their painting they sprinkled the cutouts with their choice of colored sugar.
Finally I baked the cutouts for roughly 8 minutes. You need to watch these closely as they are relatively thin and bake quickly. This is a great way to involve kids when making pies. My kids love any kind of dough – cookie, biscuit, pie – you name it – they beg for it! They also think flour is pretty amazing – as evidenced in the picture below 🙂
We had a great time in the kitchen today! If you have any kid friendly baking recipes or ideas please share them and I would be happy to feature them.